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Night cafe - Van Gogh. 70x89
A night at the Arles station café is an artist’s attempt to convey his impressions of the place and of people and patrons. For the master, this cafe is a place of frustration, and patrons are trying to escape from reality faster.
The cafe is very modest, the only entertainment for the guests was the old and shabby billiards. Hours - the need for forecourt establishments - show that time has exceeded midnight. A few visitors are busy with their business. Someone has already fallen asleep at a table, a couple in the far corner are talking, a man in the center is facing the viewer. He bewilderedly contemplates either the artist or the audience of the picture.
For the master, color has always been an important means for expressing his emotions and attitude to the plot of his work. It is worth taking a closer look at the picture, as the atmosphere of musty, decline and depression begins to envelop the viewer. Billiards turns into a coffin, and green and red tones complete a depressing impression. And the clock counts the last hours of life of all those present in the cafe.
The color of the work, new for the master, and the skillful distortion of space, which makes it possible to more clearly reveal the idea of work, make it possible to consider a painting as the first experience in the history of art to create a canvas that gave life to a whole style - expressionism.