Sister Wendy's Story of Painting - Netflix
Sister Wendy Beckett takes a journey through the history of art in this ten-part series.
Runtime: 60 minutes
Sister Wendy's Story of Painting - Café Terrace at Night - Netflix
Café Terrace at Night is a 1888 oil painting by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh in 1888. It is also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, and, when first exhibited in 1891, was entitled Coffeehouse, in the evening (Café, le soir). Van Gogh painted Café Terrace at Night in Arles, France, in mid-September 1888. The painting is not signed, but described and mentioned by the artist in three letters. Visitors to the site can stand at the northeastern corner of the Place du Forum, where the artist set up his easel. The site was refurbished in 1990 and 1991 to replicate van Gogh's painting. He looked south towards the artificially lit terrace of the popular coffee house, as well as into the enforced darkness of the rue du Palais which led up to a building structure (to the left, not pictured) and, beyond this structure, the tower of a former church which is now Musée Lapidaire. Towards the right, Van Gogh indicated a lighted shop as well, and some branches of the trees surrounding the place—but he omitted the remainders of the Roman monuments just beside this little shop. The painting is currently at the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, Netherlands.
Sister Wendy's Story of Painting - Night effects - Netflix
When exhibited for the first time, in 1891, the painting was entitled Coffeehouse, in the evening (Café, le soir). This is the first painting in which he used starry backgrounds; he went on to paint star-filled skies in Starry Night Over the Rhône (painted the same month), and the better known The Starry Night a year later. Van Gogh also painted a starlight background in Portrait of Eugène Boch. Van Gogh mentioned the Cafe Terrace painting in a letter written to Eugène Boch on October 2, 1888, writing he had painted “a view of the café on place du Forum, where we used to go, painted at night” (emphasis van Gogh's).
Sister Wendy's Story of Painting - References - Netflix