Picture “Night Cafe”, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888

Picture “Night Cafe”, Vincent Van Gogh, 1888
Picture "Night Cafe", Vincent Van Gogh, 1888 - 1

  • Posted by Vincent Van Gogh
  • Museum: Yale University Art Gallery, USA
  • Year: 1888

Description of the picture :

Night Cafe – Van Gogh. 1888. Oil on canvas. 70×89

   The night in the forecourt of Arles is an attempt by the artist to convey his impressions of the place and of people, regulars. The author himself often visited this cafe and created several portraits (owners of the institution, regular visitors, etc.d.). For the master, this cafe is a place of collapse of hopes, and regulars try to run away from reality faster.

   The cafe is very modest, the only entertainment for guests was the old and shabby billiards. The clock – the need for pre-school institutions – shows that time has passed in midnight. A few visitors are busy with their own business. Someone has already fallen asleep at the table, a couple in the far corner are talking, a man in the center is facing the viewer. He contemplatedly contemplates either the artist or the audience of the picture.

   For the master, color has always been an important means of expressing one’s emotions and attitude to the plot of his work. It is worth looking closely at the picture, as the atmosphere of soreness, decline and depression begins to envelop the viewer. Billiards turns into a coffin, and green and red tones complete a depressing impression. And the clock counts the last hours of life of all those present in the cafe.

   A new color for the master of work and skillful distortion of space, which allows to more clearly reveal the idea of work, allow us to consider the picture as the first experience in the history of art to create a canvas that gave life to the whole style – expressionism.