We live in a world of the internet, where you can literally become an overnight star and go rich instantly. Of course most of the celebrities will say how down to earth they are despite having millions in their banks accounts, but who’s buying it?
I mean, JLo might say she is Jenny from the block, but we really aren’t getting fooled by the rocks.
On the other hand, there are amazingly talented artists like Vincent Van Gogh, whose paintings now easily sell for over $30 million, and yet, the poor guy could only sell one painting in his entire life. He died thinking he was a failed artist.
This painting shows the humble beginnings of the artist - his bedroom in a small city just outside Paris, called Arles.
Painting his own bedroom
Before you assume, let me tell you, Vincent didn’t think that one day people would want to see where he slept so he should probably paint his room to make it immortal. He painted this because he had just moved to this house and wanted to put up some paintings on the walls.
Fun Fact: There are five versions of his bedroom made by him - Three paintings and two sketches.
By the way, the paintings above the bed here are all actual Vincent Van Gogh paintings, except for one (the one on the right). No one knows if there is one Van Gogh painting still unaccounted for or it was just a fictitious painting that he did.
I love the fact that Van Gogh doesn’t exactly recreate everything, he paints his own version.
Another fun fact, a recreated version of Van Gogh's bedroom was available for rent on AirBnB last year to promote the Art Institute of Chicago
Why I love the Bedroom in Arles
In a letter to his brother, Vincent revealed that he decided to paint his bedroom because he was incredibly sick and he couldn’t get out of bed for days.
To be able to find inspiration during sickness and in your own bedroom sounds fascinating to me, and inspiring at the same time. It makes me think that inspiration is where you want it to be.
As a writer, I am such a stickler to what makes me focus and what doesn’t. I have so many excuses for not being able to write, and then there is the genius Van Gogh who can create a stunning painting all by recreating his bedroom.