Van Gogh's Bedrooms

Last night, I had the privilege of viewing the Van Gogh's Bedrooms exhibit at the Art Institute of Chicago and I felt utterly unworthy. To see this man's life work, his passion, his pain, his struggle, his love, his dreams and his unquestionable talent laid out before me gave me goosebumps.

I have always admired Van Gogh's works and his talent but learning about his life made me admire him for the person he was. As I walked through the exhibit, read about his experiences and came up close to his work, I found pieces of myself staring back. I guess that's what truly great art does, huh? His struggle to make something of himself and to be recognized, his vulnerability, his relationships, his struggle with mental illness. You could see it all seeping through the pigments and strokes of his paintings. I wish he could see how many people his works have influenced and inspired after all these years. I wish he could see how loved and admired he is...that he finally got what he always wanted.

Van Gogh's Bedrooms is the first time in North America that all three of Van Gogh's bedroom painting have been brought together. It features 36 of his works including paintings, sketches, and illustrated letters. Click here for the exhibition preview.

The Art Institute is free on Thursday afternoons for Illinois residents and special exhibits will be $15.