The Cafe Terrace On The Place Du Forum, Arles

Vincent Van Gogh

TitleThe Cafe Terrace On The Place Du Forum, Arles
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
Paper Size (W x H)23 x 29 ins
Edition Size99

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Vincent van Gogh's The Cafe Terrace On The Place Du Forum, Arles stands as one of the painter's most remarkable works. It is also, without question, one of the most famous produced in Van Gogh's brief but prolific career.

The famous oil painting was executed by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh while at Arles, France, in mid-September 1888. The painting is not signed, but described and mentioned by the artist in three letters. Following a summer in which he had spent time painting in the fields surrounding Arles, Van Gogh began to experiment with painting en plein air at night.  This was his first painting to explore the starry night background.

In the painting, Van Gogh uses warm colours to depict a café in Arles.  Strong lines throughout the composition all point toward the centre creating an interesting depth and structure.  The painting obviously depicts nighttime and has a dark scheme, yet when closely examined, there is no black.  The painting does not contain the artist’s signature but was mentioned in several letters and is depicted in a pen drawing from Van Gogh’s estate.

Each print is hand numbered and accompanied by a certificate signed by the Master Printer and bearing a matching number to the print.

About the Artist

Vincent Van Gogh

The son of a Dutch minister, Vincent van Gogh was born in 1853 . He then took up painting around 1880 after working as an art dealer, a teacher and a missionary. He worked prodigiously and was concentrating particularly on scenes of peasant life.

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