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Scope and Content

Mail Art. This drawing is a parody of Vincent van Gogh’s The Bedroom at Arles (1889) in which Musa inserts the iconic artist comfortably in the safe space of his bedroom. Musa and van Gogh have commonalities; they share the location of their second homes in southern France - Arles is an hour from Musa’s village, the traumas of being an artist, self-portraiture and prolific letter writing. Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo about his efforts to paint this scene that he deemed was one of his best (4/5 September 1889, p. 41, Vincent van Gogh Paintings & Drawings A Choice from the collection of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation. Amsterdam, 1973.)

Access Information

Collection currently on display in the Brunei Gallery, SOAS, until 23rd March 2019.

Restrictions Apply

Acquisition Information

The donation was made to SOAS Library in June 2018 by Elsbeth Court, an academic who teaches African Art on the IFCELS course at SOAS, with the support and agreement of the artist Hassan Musa.

Physical Characteristics and/or Technical Requirements

brown paper envelope 16cm x 23cm

Archivist's Note


Conditions Governing Use

Copyright in the artwork of Hassan Musa assigned to SOAS by the artist, 2018. Copyrights persist in other images and texts. The user is advised to investigate copyrights before making any re-use of this material.