Yellow House

Yellow House
Artist Vincent van Gogh
Year 1888
Medium Oil on canvas
Location Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Dimensions 28.3 in × 36 in
72 cm × 91.5 cm
Vincent van Gogh Famous Paintings
The Starry Night, 1889
Sunflowers, 1888
Starry Night Over the Rhone, 1888
Irises, 1889
The Potato Eaters, 1885
Yellow House, 1888
Café Terrace at Night, 1888
The Red Vineyard, 1888
Outskirts of Paris, 1887

The painting entitled Yellow House was painted by the iconic artist Vincent van Gogh in 1888. The yellow house was where Van Gogh stayed for a period of time while in Arles. The now infamous corner of Lamartine Place no longer exists, but it served as the inspiration for this painting.

The Yellow House

Van Gogh’s painting is yet another example of the artist being inspired by his surroundings. The four rooms in which he rented are immortalized by the bright green window shutters. The use of pale pink is used to portray the restaurant where Van Gogh ate on a regular basis. Train lines can be seen in the background to the right of the house and a few people are seen walking in front of his abode. The vibrant blue sky illuminates behind the yellow house, helping to bring the house to the forefront. There is also a noticeable addition of a unique perspective, which is said to be how the house was actually built.


The oil on canvas painting was completed in stages. Van Gogh created a type of blue print of the painting in pencil, adding details later. He utilized brown and black ink to fill in major details and to solidify the foundation. Lastly, he brought in the various hues of yellow, red, blue and green. Each tone was used to build upon another and to give the painting depth. The use of white sporadically throughout displays the clouds and builds tone amongst the flat colors. The popular stippling technique and quick brush strokes were used – a technique that was widely popular at the time by Neoimpressionist painters.

Vincent van Gogh’s search for sunlight and peace is visually portrayed in his painting of the Yellow House. The bright palette of colors and simple design of the painting add to the appeal. The Yellow House is a play on rest and sleep, using a corner of Arles, France as its backdrop.

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