Last weekend I had the privilege of viewing Van Gogh’s “Bedroom in Arles” at the Norton Simon Museum of art in Pasadena. This is the 2nd version of this painting which is on loan from the Art Institute of Chicago. There are three authentic versions of the Bedroom paintings described in his letters to his brother Theo. The paintings are easily discernible from one another by the pictures on the wall to the right of the bed. The paintings depicts van Gogh’s bedroom in Arles, France, known as the Yellow House.
In April of 1889, van Gogh sent the initial version to his brother regretting that it had been damaged by the flood of the Rhône while he was in the hospital in Arles. His brother Theo proposed to have it relined and sent back to him in order to copy it. This “repetition” in original scale was painted in September of 1889. Both paintings were then sent back to Theo.
Later in the summer of 1889, Van Gogh decided to redo some of his best compositions in a smaller size for his mother and sister. The Bedroom in Arles was amongst the subjects he chose to recreate, this is how he ended up with three versions.
Last Saturday I participated in this year’s Pomona Chalk Festival. The them was “My Favorite Book”. I recently received this wonderful book titled “Latinx Comic Book Storytelling” in the mail from the author Frederick Luis Aldama and it has the cover art of one of my favorite cartoonist of all time, Jaime Hernandez so I decided to chalk it!
Last week I visited the Norton Simon Museum in Pasadena to look at the Renaissance art in their permanent collection. It’s nice to know that you don’t have to fly all the way to Florence, Italy to see work that was painted by Renaissance masters. They have a lovely collection and these are just a few of my favorites.
This was my first time participating in the San Fernando Day of the Dead Chalk event and it was a lot of fun. The event is quaint and in its 3rd or 4th year. I loved it and can’t wait to do it again next year.