Night Café (Café de Nuit)

by Pericles Lewis

Vincent van Gogh’s “Night Café” (“Le café de nuit,” 1888) challenges perspectivalism and divides the space of the café into planes of bright color (the red wall, the green ceiling, the brown floor). Van Gogh said of the painting, “I have tried to express the terrible passions of humanity by means of red and green.”[1] These innovations were to have a major impact on the development of cubism and modern art.[2]

  1. ↑ Hershel B. Chipp, ed. Theories of Modern Art: A Source Book by Artists and Critics. (Berkeley and Los Angeles: U of C P, 1984), p. 36.
  2. ↑ This page has been adapted from Pericles Lewis’s Cambridge Introduction to Modernism (Cambridge UP, 2007), p. 51.

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