Replica of Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace at Night
This work is the first of 3 oil paintings which feature sparkling nocturnal backgrounds. Van Gogh produced the painting while in Arles, southern France and was very enthusiastic about it as he tested various colours, tones and shades that would best reflect an emotive evening setting.
All the characters seem distant in the painting, a possible indication of Van Gogh's feeling of isolation from the world around him. Nonetheless, the actual setting does not suggest anything sinister. The yellow and orange tones that highlight the cafe reinforce a more energetic tranquillity.
The Cafe in the painting still exists to this very day in Arles, but is now called Cafe Van Gogh.
The original painting is part of the permanent collection at the Kröller-Muller Museum in Otterlo, Holland.