Artsy Airbnb: Sleep in a replica of van Gogh's famous painting for just $10 a night
The Art Institute of Chicago has replicated van Gogh's bedoom (Airbnb/Van Gogh's Bedroom)
Emily Chan, CTVNews.ca
Published Wednesday, February 10, 2016 11:55AM EST
The Art Institute of Chicago is inviting art-lovers to step into Vincent van Gogh's dreamy post-impressionist world—literally.
The institute has replicated the bedroom from one of van Gogh's most famous paintings, and it's opening the pastel blue doors to visitors.
For a mere $10, guests can book the room through Airbnb and spend a night tucked beneath the bright red bedspread.
According to the room booking website, the van Gogh room is located just blocks from the art institute, in the River North area of Chicago.
An image on the Airbnb website shows the view of the room from the foot of the bed, the same perspective from which van Gogh painted the space.
The room features two small chairs, a table in the corner, and portraits and paintings hanging over the bed.
To mimic's van Gogh's bold brush strokes, the institute painted outlines around the edges of the furniture and green highlights on the wooden floor.
The original room inspired three nearly-identical van Gogh paintings, which the painter made in the late 1880s.
Today, the Art Institute of Chicago owns one of these paintings, and the other two versions are usually on display in Amsterdam and Paris. From Feb. 14 until May 10, however, all three paintings will be brought together for a special exhibit in Chicago.
It is the first time all three paintings will be displayed side by side in North America.
Van Gogh was inspired to create the first version of the painting in 1888, shortly after moving into the famed "Yellow House" in Arles, France.
When that work was damaged by water, the painter created a second version while living in an asylum in Saint-Remy, France, in 1889. He painted the third version a few weeks later, as a gift for his mother and sister, the Art Institute of Chicago website says.
In a letter to fellow painter Paul Gauguin, van Gogh described the original painting and the room that inspired it.
"It's just simply my bedroom," he wrote. "Only here colour is to do everything … to be suggestive here of rest or of sleep in general. In a word, looking at the picture ought to rest the brain, or rather the imagination."
Van Gogh also wrote to his brother about the bedroom, vividly describing "the pale, lilac walls, the uneven, faded red of the floor, the chrome-yellow chairs and bed, the pillows and sheet in very pale lime green, (and) the blood-red blanket."
"I wanted to express absolute repose with these different colours," he wrote.
Guests at the Art Institute of Chicago now have the chance to experience the restful room for themselves, but the space is booking up fast.
The institute opened up February reservations on Tuesday, and the available dates sold out within hours.
On its Facebook page, the institute says dates for March will open up sometime during the last week of February, and April dates will be offered at the end of March.