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Cafe Terrace At Night

by Vincent van Gogh

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Cafe Terrace At Night - Description

This painting, Cafe Terrace At Night, 1888, by Vincent van Gogh marks the very first time the artist used a starry background, something he would make famous in his later work "The Starry Night." Vincent van Gogh was fond of painting night scenes, and was particularly proud of this painting, writing to his sister: " It amuses me enormously to paint the night right on the spot. Normally, one draws and paints the painting during the daytime after the sketch. But I like to paint the thing immediately. It is true that in the darkness I can take a blue for a green, a blue lilac for a pink lilac, since it is hard to distinguish the quality of the tone. But 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." (Reference: http://www.webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/18/W07.htm). This vertical oil painting, Cafe Terrace At Night, 1888, depicts a café in Arles, France. The viewer is looking into the brightly lit yellow canopy of the coffee house, populated by dark figures. Other people walk through the street, arm in arm. All figures are shown in almost sketch format, forcing the viewer to focus on the colors and the interplay of light and dark tones. The night sky is bright with stars, but no moon is present. The cobblestones on the street are each sharply outlined. The richness of the yellow in the canopy contrasts beautifully with the blue of the sky and the black of the surrounding buildings.

Painting Details

Artwork Name: Cafe Terrace At Night

Original Artist: Salvador Dali
Style: Post-Impressionism
Medium: 100% Hand-painted on Canvas
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