Café Terrace at Night
Left: Van Gogh’s Café Terrace at Night (on Place du Forum) Arles, 1888
Right: Same spot, ‘Le Café La Nuit’ on Place du Forum in daylight, Arles, 2016
The spot may be less picturesque on a bright spring morning in 2016, but it’s still vibrant enough to cast its light into the darker streets. Notice the yellow shirt on the passerby? In my mind, it’s really a plain white tee that takes the gold cast once he steps within the fabled space of the Café Terrace . After he strolls on past, it resumes its ho-hum identity as a plain white tee. (How could it possibly be otherwise?)
A little Van Gogh magic– it’s powerful stuff.