The Night Café – Van Gogh – 1000 Pieces

R320.00

The Night Café, Arles, 1888. Often humourously described as his revenge on the café owner Ginoux, for charging him so much, Van Gogh painted this to depict the night prowlers, those who sought refuge, or were simply too drunk to be moved. During painting Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, “I have tried to express the terrible passions of humanity by means of red and green. The room is blood red and dark yellow with a green billiard table in the middle; there are four lemon-yellow lamps with a glow of orange and green. Everywhere there is a clash and contrast of the most alien reds and greens, in the figures of little sleeping hooligans, in the empty dreary room, in violet and blue. The blood-red and the yellow-green of the billiard table, for instance, contrast with the soft tender Louis XV green of the counter, on which there is a rose nosegay. The white clothes of the landlord, watchful in a corner of that furnace, turn lemon-yellow, or pale luminous green.”

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My favourite of all the Masters, Vincent Van Gogh was born in the Netherlands on March 30, 1853 and shot himself at Auvers, France on 29 July 1890. Often regarded as a tortured soul, Van Gogh was a perfectionist, his own harshest critic, discarding dozens of sketches and paintings in pursuit of his inner visions .
DID YOU KNOW… Van Gogh’s finest works were produced in less than three years in a technique that grew more and more impassioned in brush stroke, in symbolic and intense color, in surface tension, and in the movement and vibration of form and line. Van Gogh’s inimitable fusion of form and content is powerful; dramatic, lyrically rhythmic, imaginative, and emotional, for the artist was completely absorbed in the effort to explain either his struggle against madness or his comprehension of the spiritual essence of man and nature.