sARTurday w/ van Gogh

Welcome to ,,sARTurday”  which will basically be a weekly posting of a painting I like. :) This way I’ll get to discover art pieces and learn about them while you might also find something you like.


The Café Terrace on the Place du Forum (Arles: September, 1888), is an oil painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh and is currently at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands.

The painter was enthusiastic about The Cafe Terrace and wrote to his sister Wil:

In point of fact I was interrupted these days by my toiling on a new picture representing the outside of a night cafe. On the terrace there are tiny figures of people drinking. An enormous yellow lantern sheds its light on the terrace, the house and the sidewalk, and even causes a certain brightness on the pavement of the street, which takes a pinkish violet tone. The gable-topped fronts of the houses in a street stretching away under a blue sky spangled with stars are dark blue or violet and there is a green tree. Here you have a night picture without any black in it, done with nothing but beautiful blue and violet and green, and in these surroundings the lighted square acquires a pale sulphur and greenish citron-yellow colour. It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot. They used to draw and paint the picture in the daytime after the rough sketch. But I find satisfaction in painting things immediately.



Miruna B.

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