The Yellow House [Vincent van Gogh]

Lauren Dare

Editor

Welcome to Vincent van Gogh's neighborhood and his delightful Yellow House!

Don't get real estate envy, but Vincent van Gogh rented the section of The Yellow House that has a green door and windows for 15 francs (about $16) a month. His bedroom is the one with the one open shutter. 

During his stay, Vincent ate at the restaurant on the left with the pink awning, which was run by his landlady.  Joseph Roulin, his friend and mailman of whom he painted a several famous portraits, lived on the other side of the first bridge.  And the café depicted in his painting Café Terrace at Night is to the right of Vincent’s apartment.

The house was located at 2, Place Lamartine, Arles, France before being bombed and subsequently torn down during World War II. There is now a plaque commemorating van Gogh’s residence. The building directly behind van Gogh’s apartment remains standing and still serves as a café.

Vincent wanted to create an artist commune in the south of France, except everybody sort of already knew he wasn't firing on all cylinders. Vincent’s brother Theo bribed Paul Gauguin to stay with Vincent for a while, and it was an exceptionally productive time for both of them. Vincent spent months working on decorating the Yellow House in preparations for Gauguin. He didn't have enough money to buy flowers, so made several paintings of sunflowers. Ironically, those paintings are now worth more than the GDP of some small countries. In the end, their personalities didn’t quite mesh; Vincent adored Gauguin and Gauguin thought Vincent was off his rocker and soon an ear went missing. The Yellow House, a fairly decent TV movie, covers the time when Vincent and Gauguin were roomies. 

 

 

The Yellow House [Vincent van Gogh] is mentioned on Sartle Blog -