Wednesday, January 04, 2012
Van Gogh - Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum
It's kind of a companion painting to the more famous Starry Night paintings which were painted before and after this one - at least it is for me.
It has the night stars, but they illuminate a warm street scene filled with people enjoying the night. I like to think this painting was done on a day when Vincent won the battle with his mental demons and was able to see the joy and beauty and comfort of the human world.
Plus, this painting for me exemplifies what I love about small town France. I've sat in dozens of cafes like this one, sipping a glass of wine, eating a jambon and brie sandwich, having coffee and a croissant. And more than anything else, enjoying the buzz of conversation and the relaxing atmosphere that a visitor is almost always assured of in any one of thousands of cafes throughout France.