“I have tried to express the idea that the café is a place where one can ruin oneself, go mad or commit a crime,” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. “So I have tried to express, as it were, the powers of darkness in a low public house, by soft Louis XV green and malachite, contrasting with yellow-green and harsh blue-greens, and all this in an atmosphere like a devil’s furnace, of pale sulphur. And all with an appearance of Japanese gaiety, and the good nature of Tartarin.”
On the shortest day of the year in 1888, Vincent Van Gogh was having a touch of the seasonal affective disorder while painting The Night Café in Arles. Colin Dickey writes about the winter solistice and its patron Saint Lucy in our latest Roundable post.
The Patron Saint of Dark Days [LQ Roundtable]