Van Gogh’s bedrooms reveal artist’s yearning for a home

By Tom Siebert

Vincent Van Gogh painted several self-portraits in his brief but brilliant career. But none are as revealing as his three versions of “The Bedroom,” now on dazzling display for the first time in North America at The Art Institute of Chicago. The paintings evoke Van Gogh’s yearning for stability in his life and, perhaps, his mind. These Post-Impressionism masterpieces left an impression on me that will last for many a starry night.

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About Tom Siebert

Tom Siebert received a journalism degree from the University of Illinois and worked as a staff writer for newspapers in California, Florida, and Illinois. He reported general news, interviewed entertainment figures, and covered elected office holders––including four presidents and a pope. More significantly, Tom profiled human suffering in the form of a homeless man dying of AIDS, a college cheerleader battling Hodgkin's disease, and a senior couple living the long goodbye of Alzheimer's. He also worked as a copyeditor and proofreader for Tyndale House, a Christian publisher based in the Chicago suburbs. Tom is presently self-employed as an editor of Christian books. In addition, he serves as community relations director for Public Action to Deliver Shelter (PADS) of Kendall County, Illinois. And Tom is on the leadership team for the Celebrate Recovery ministry at his church, Harvest New Beginnings, in Oswego, a suburb west of Chicago. He may be contacted at tmsiebert@gmail.com or (816) 344-7815.
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