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Vincent van Gogh arrived in Arles in the south of France in 1888 hoping to establish an artists colony there During the next few years Van Gogh experienced the most intensely productive period of his life painting some 400 works including several versions of his blazing Sunflowers his timeless Night Caf living landscapes portraits and brilliant still life The nightlife in Arels brought out the worst of company alcoholics prostitutes and the homeless Van Gogh the poor struggling artist felt quite at home with this company One of the meeting places was Caf de la Gare where Van Gogh rented a room Van Gogh wanted to get back at the owner for paying rent so he painted a picture of the caf trying to capture the dirty aspects of the caf Van Gogh used blood red and green contrasting colors to express his feelings about the caf The pictures large blocks of pure flat color anticipate the later German movement of Expressionism in many ways Cutts Smith 90 With Van Goghs trademark brushstrokes he is able to give the illusion that the floor and the pool table are scuffed up from the many years of wear and tear There is a feeling when looking at the floor that the splinters are ready to pierce ones bare skin The lamps that give off an almost tangible luminous energy add to the overall sense that as Ban Gogh himself so aptly put it It is the delirium tremens in full swingCutts Smith90 Van Gogh observes the people with no moral judgment as he always does The main figure in this painting is the figure next to the pool table This is the owner of the caf He shows the owners face with no expression At Caf de la Gare Van Gogh met a man by the name of Joseph-Etienne Roulin Roulins easy-going demeanor Republican convictions and lifestyle of heavy drinking all appealed to Van
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