Cafe Terrace At Night—On The Trail of Vincent Van Gogh
Last week in Arles, France I walked in the steps of one of my favorite painters, Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh spent two years in Arles and produced over 200 paintings. In 1888, van Gogh painted The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, in Arles, France. The building, now called the Cafe Van Gogh, is still in business. The work was the first time van Gogh used a starry sky in one of his paintings. When first exhibited in 1891, the painting was called Coffeehouse, in the Evening (Café, le soir). Van Gogh was living in Arles when he had a mental breakdown in 1888 and cut off part of his ear. Following further breakdowns, he left Arles in May, 1889 to be voluntarily committed to a psychiatric institution in Saint-Rémy de Provence.