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The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum (Café Terrace at Night), 1888


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This remarkable and enduring achievement of Western painting was to the artist merely an experiment that would lead to the creation of two of his equally renowned works, the “Starry Night” and “Starry Night Over the Rhone.” Vincent Van Gogh described his 1888 scene as simply “a night picture without any black in it.” This clunky description began the gradual process of refining his color-schema towards the staggering achievement of his final works; each of which constitute a terrifying vortex of hope and descent. Yet “Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, Arles, at Night” is no pencil study or preparatory work, it is a guttural sigh of frustration and relief, captured awkwardly from the pavement of a small-town street in southern France. His blue nighttime seems to stretch on forever, that is if it weren’t for the halting stop caused by the placement of a looming church. Van Gogh sought refuge in the picturesque town of Arles in early 1888 in the hope of recovering from a series of mental and physical ailments. For a brief period the troubled soul enjoyed exploring the labyrinthine streets, and even struck up a relationship with the proprietress of the café depicted in this scene. Yet this short intermission between two periods of gloom was short-lived. Having invited his close friend and fellow artist Paul Gauguin to join him in the town – hoping the pair would enjoy together a period of productivity and creativity – the pair soon argued and the fragile Van Gogh sliced off his own ear as penance, leading to a spiral of mental collapse that would lead to his death.

8 reviews for The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum (Café Terrace at Night), 1888

  1. Rebecca A

    I love this scene, reminds me of my rooms around Europe. Van Gogh has a vibe that I love. The canvas unfortunately did come stretched tightly at all 4 corners, so mine still has a ripple at the top left which I find to be unsightly.

  2. Maria lillo

    Pretty, good quality, nice size

  3. Jerry Seward

    Thank you…

  4. Latavia Battee

    I didn’t expect it to be so old. I had forgotten that it was painted in nineteen century not the early 20 century.

  5. Bob Sandeen

    The colors are amazing! I have seen the original painting in a beautiful museum in a forest in the Netherlands. My version compares very favorably with the original! Everyone who has seen my copy has been extremely impressed! This is one of four paintings that I have purchased from iCanvas. I am thrilled with all four of them!
    Bob Sandeen

  6. Erin Downing

    Looks just like it does online. Beautiful print.

  7. Sandy Liu


  8. Bruce

    Good detail. Shading and color good also.
    We love it!

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