At last I’m sending you a little sketch to give you at least an idea of the direction the work is taking.
Letter to Theo van Gogh. Arles, Tuesday, 16 October 1888.
'This time it's simply my bedroom'
In February 1888, Van Gogh had moved from the bustling city of Paris to Arles in Southern France. He hoped that the sun-drenched colours of the landscape there would inspire him.
Starting in May, he rented the ‘Yellow House’. He hoped other artists would join him in creating a new and revolutionary style of art. In the end, Paul Gauguin was the only one who came. They spent a few months living and working together, until they had an argument and Gauguin left for Paris.