The Night Café by van Gogh

Illustration

Mark Cartwright
by Yale University Art Gallery
published on 16 March 2022

An 1888 oil on canvas painting, The Night Café, by Vincent van Gogh (1853-90), the Dutch post-impressionist artist. Painted in September in place du Forum in Arles, France. It is the interior of the same café which features in the Café Terrace at Night. Once again, van Gogh uses two strongly contrasting colours, this time red and green for dramatic effect. He gives the room, as he does in other works of this period, an unusual perspective as if seen from slightly above. Van Gogh describes the purpose of the scene in a letter to his brother Theo:

In my picture of the night café, I have tried to express the idea that the café is a place where one can destroy oneself, go mad or commit a crime. (LT 534F)

(New Haven, Yale University Art Gallery, U.S.A)

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