Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum (1888) by Vincent Van Gogh

Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum - Vincent Van Gogh - 1888

Artwork Information

TitleCafe Terrace on the Place du Forum
ArtistVincent Van Gogh
MediumOil on Canvas
Dimensions81 x 65.5 cm
Art MovementPost-Impressionism
Current LocationKröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
Location Created Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France

About Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum

The artwork “Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum” is a notable creation by the distinguished artist Vincent Van Gogh, completed in the year 1888. It is an oil on canvas piece measuring 81 by 65.5 cm. Characterized by the Post-Impressionist movement, this cityscape genre painting was brought into being in Arles, Bouches-du-Rhône, France. Presently, the artwork resides at the Kröller-Müller Museum, located in Otterlo, Netherlands.

Depicted in the artwork is a vibrant nocturnal scene of a cafe in Arles. The terrace is illuminated by a warm, glowing light that spills onto the surrounding pavement, where small, circular tables and chairs are laid out for patrons. The deep blue sky, speckled with stars, contrasts sharply against the yellow and orange tones used to highlight the cafe’s awning and the exterior walls. The cobblestone street bathes in a blend of dark and light hues, reflecting Van Gogh’s distinctive style of applying color and bold brushstrokes. Figures are seen seated at the tables, while others walk by on the street, adding a sense of life and activity to the scene. The overall effect is one of dynamic color contrasts and a palpable atmosphere, marking it as a masterpiece of Van Gogh’s depiction of nighttime ambience.

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