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Tuesday, November 8, 2011

Gogh, Vincent van


Cafe Terrace at Night (Terrasse du café le soir, Place du forum, Arles)
1888
Oil on canvas
80.7 cm × 65.3 cm (31.8 in × 25.7 in)
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
http://www.kmm.nl/?lang=en

Vincent Willem van Gogh (1853 – 1890) was a Dutch post-Impressionist painter whose work, notable for its rough beauty, emotional honesty, and bold color, had a far-reaching influence on 20th-century art. After years of painful anxiety and frequent bouts of mental illness, he died at the age of 37 from a gunshot wound. His work was then known to only a handful of people and appreciated by fewer still.
The extent to which his mental health affected his painting has been a subject of speculation since his death. According to an art critic, van Gogh's late works show an artist at the height of his ability, completely in control and "longing for concision and grace".

Café Terrace at Night is an colored oil painting executed by van Gogh in Arles, France, mid September 1888. The painting is not signed. After finishing, he wrote a letter to his sister :  “Here you have a night painting without black, with nothing but beautiful blue and violet and green and in this surrounding the illuminated area colors itself sulfur pale yellow and citron green. It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot. ” “It is the only way to get away from our conventional night with poor pale whitish light, while even a simple candle already provides us with the richest of yellows and oranges.”
http://www.imaginarymuseum.net/view/flipcard