The Night Cafe, Arles: Paul Gauguin

Paul Gauguin: The Night Cafe, Arles

The Night Cafe, Arles is an 1888 Post-Impressionist painting by French artist Paul Gauguin.

Gauguin joined his friend Vincent Van Gogh in Arles, a small town in the southwest of France in late 1888. It was during this time – at the end of 1888 to be specific, that he painted The Night Cafe, Arles.

The painting is of a Café at Arles, where owner Madame Ginoux takes up much of the image, with patrons in the background – men having conversations with prostitutes.

Gauguin’s picture is a combination of two paintings that Van Gogh had already completed – one of the Night Café on its own and the second being a portrait of Madame Ginoux.

Paul Gauguin’s The Night Cafe, Arles is strangely signed twice – once on each of the tables in the painting and can be found in the Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts in Moscow.

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