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Café du Forum
Arles, France

  • September 9, 1888 - September 14, 1888

In September 1888, Vincent painted the world-famous Café Terrace at Night. He made the work on location outside the Café du Forum on Place du Forum:

“In the past they used to draw, and paint the picture from the drawing in the daytime. But I find that it suits me to paint the thing straightaway. It’s quite true that I may take a blue for a green in the dark, a blue lilac for a pink lilac, since you can’t make out the nature of the tone clearly. But it’s the only way of getting away from the conventional black night with a poor, pallid and whitish light, while in fact a mere candle by itself gives us the richest yellows and oranges.”

Vincent’s nocturnal painting drew the attention of the local press. On 30 September 1888, L’Homme de Bronze reported:

“Mr Vincent, an Impressionist painter, works, we are told, in the evening, by the light of the gas lamps, in one of our squares.”


Marije Vellekoop, Roelie Zwikker
Vincent van Gogh, tekeningen, deel 4: Arles, Saint-Rémy, Auvers-sur-Oise
Amsterdam, 2007

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