Van Gogh’s night cafe – then and now

At Arles in Provence, Vincent Van Gogh painted a delightful evening scene showing a cafe under the stars, lit by gas lamps. He did the painting for the cafe’s owner in order to pay for his meals as he was always broke. Today that painting is in the Netherlands. It is known as the Café Terrace at Night and is worth millions.

The cafe itself – as you can see – is still there on the Place du Forum in Arles, and these days it is known as “Le Café Nuit” – or The Night Cafe.

Sharon and I had a wonderful dinner there – very French – with a nice carafe of wine. It was a magic evening 🙂

Night Café, Arles

Night Café, Arles [photo: Jerry Everard]

And here is what it looked like in 1888 when Van Gogh painted it

Cafe Terrace at Night

Cafe Terrace at Night [photo of display reproduction on the Place du Forum at the position from which he painted the painting – photo: Jerry Everard]

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4 Responses to Van Gogh’s night cafe – then and now

  1. Marja says:

    Van Gogh is my favourite painter I love this one. The Van Gogh musuem in amsterdam is a amazing place to
    visit. I can spend numerous hours there.

    • Thanks Marja 🙂 I was amazed at the number of places where little has changed from the time he was painting – it was a delight to walk into his painting for a meal – it was very special 🙂

  2. Andy LW says:

    Jerry – Your photo beside the painting is also very special and exciting to see. Thank you very much.
    I believe two of Van Goch’s sunflower paintings are going to be exhibited in London side by side. Should be interesting to see “in the flesh”
    Best wishes A

    • Thanks Andy – it was great meeting you in Bath – and yes would love to see the sunflowers – I’ve seen the one held by the National Gallery of London, but the others seem to be in Amsterdam or Munich or in private collections. I hope they light them effectively 🙂


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