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April 2, 2011

Back in 1888, a little well known guy named Vincent Van Gogh painted what would eventually become a very well known piece of work.  At the time, he was living in a town called Arles, France.  From what I am told, the people did not like him very much due to his lack of money, lack of hygiene, and love of booze.  Well, it just so happens that we visited this little town yesterday and went to a part of it called Place du Forum.  It is here that Van Gogh found his inspiration for Cafe Terrace at Night which he painted in September of that year.


Some things you might not have previously known about this piece of art:  It was his first painting in which he used a starry night – much like his even more famous works that were created later that year.  The cafe was not actually painted yellow, even though it is now.  Instead, there was a large yellow lantern that illuminated the wall and made it appear yellow.  As well, the painting is not signed, however Van Gogh wrote about it with detailed description several times.

It might not seem that cool to some, but it truly was the best thing I have seen in the past week.  I have always loved art and tried to appreciate it to the best of my ability (which is very minimal).  However I have always had to take in art from museums and controlled environments (particularly the Modern and the Kimbell in Fort Worth).  Seeing this spot where it was conceived and created was an extraordinary moment and sparked an even greater and renewed interest and passion for art in me.  It makes you enjoy each stroke of the brush all the more.

Can’t wait to appreciate even more pieces in new and unique ways around the world.


2 Comments leave one →
  1. carol permalink
    April 3, 2011 17:25

    What about Gaudi!!??

  2. Sue permalink
    April 4, 2011 07:44

    I agree! This town in France and Van Gogh was VERY special…….

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