While in Arles, Van Gogh made this painting of his bedroom, which he had fitted out with simple wooden furniture and his own art on the walls. By use of strong, contrasting colours, Van Gogh sought to express particular emotions: here the pale purple of the tiles, the yellow of the furniture and the light violet of the walls are intended to evoke the rest or sleep that he experienced in his bedroom. (See letter to Theo van Gogh, 16 October 1888).
In 2010 The bedroom has undergone detailed restoration. The restoration process is described in the 'Bedroom secrets' blog.