Vincent van Gogh in the Art Institute of Chicago

The Art Institute of Chicago is one of America’s premier fine art museums, most famous for its collections of Impressionist, Post-Impressionist, and American paintings.

Address: The Art Institute of Chicago: 111 South Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Illinois, USA

The Bedroom (1889)

The bedroom depicted in the painting is the artist’s own bedroom in his home in Arles, France. After a painstakingly enthusiastic day of decorating his new home, the artist was exhausted and rested for two and a half days. When he got up, he wrote to his brother Theo and got inspired to paint his bedroom.

  • oil on canvas
  • 29 x 36 5/8 inches
  • 73.6 x 92.3 cm

Self-Portrait, 1887

This painting is one of the numerous self-portraits Van Gogh created during his two-year stay in Paris. Gaining inspiration from Seurat’s A Sunday on La Grande Jatte, Van Gogh trades cool hues with colors that convey intense emotionality, especially for a self-portrait.

  • oil on artist’s board, mounted on cradled panel
  • 16 1/8 x 12 13/16 inches
  • 41 x 32.5 cm.

The Poet’s Garden (1888)

Here, Van Gogh utilizes different shades of green with dabs of yellow, blue, and pink. Fellow artist Paul Gauguin is said to be the eponymous poet as he was known to have stayed in Arles around the same time Van Gogh did in 1887.

  • oil on canvas
  • 28 3/4 x 36 1/4 inches
  • 73 x 92.1 cm.