Night terrace of the cafe, Van Gogh, 1888

Night terrace of the cafe, Van Gogh, 1888
Night terrace of the cafe, Van Gogh, 1888 - 1

  • Posted by Vincent Van Gogh
  • Museum: Kreoller-Muller Museum, Netherlands
  • Year: 1888

Description of the picture :

The night terrace of the cafe is Van Gogh. 1888. Oil on canvas. 80.7×65.3

   The work was created in Arles, at that time in creativity, when not a single canvas was dispensed with yellow, solar paint beloved by the master. Another passion of the artist was the night sky dotted with stars. In this work, these two passions are united together.

   The picture is interesting in that not a single drop of black paint on the image of the night landscape has been spent. This fact itself seems incredible. Looking at a unique job, the viewer notes with surprise that the night can be so colorful. The light source – the yellow lantern of the terrace – in an incomprehensible way stains the night corner of the town in the most romantic colors – from pink to gently lilac.

   The people present in the picture play the role of secondary details, a kind of decoration that plays the role of the background. The main active “face” of the picture: night sky and yellow.

   The most common evening city landscape completely devoid of all ordinaryness. The master uses the favorite plot of the impressionists to draw the attention of the public to the color scheme, which creates a unique atmosphere of work. The author does not go beyond realism, but there is no strict perspective here. But the selected color makes the work revolutionary innovative. The huge stars loved by the master in a clear sky, as if reflecting the light of the terrace. The color scheme creates a cozy and good-natured atmosphere of work.

   Many free tables on the terrace operate on the viewer maniac. The twisting texture is transmitted schematically, but originally. You pay special attention to the combination of pink and blue.

   True to his main idea – painting can no longer be held captive by reality, the artist must create his own reality – the author creates an undoubted masterpiece. The viewer begins to hear the sounds of the night street and the smells of coffee and wine.