Café Terrace at Night, also known as The Cafe
Terrace on the Place du Forum, is a coloured oil painting executed
by the Dutch artist Vincent van Gogh on an industrially
primed canvas of size 25 (Toile de 25 figure) in Arles,
1888. The painting is not signed, but described and mentioned by the
artist in three letters.
There is also a large pen drawing of the composition which originates
from the artist's estate.
Visitors of the site can still stand at the northeastern corner of
the Place du Forum, where the artist set up his easel.
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 leading up to the building structure (to the left, not
pictured) and, beyond this structure, the tower of a former church (now
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.