Art, History

Van Gogh’s “Ugliest” Masterpiece

The hidden interpretation of ‘The Night Cafe’

Kamna Kirti
Dec 27, 2020 · 5 min read
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The gloomy interior of The Night Cafe (Left) and the bright exterior of the Cafe Terrace at Night (Right)
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Van Gogh’s avid knowledge of colors

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A traditional color star developed in 1867 by Charles Blanc. The traditional complementary colors used by 19th-century artists such as Van Gogh, Monet, and Renoir are directly opposite each other.
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The description of the Night Café

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A detail from The Night Café, showing abandoned tables and floor.
  • The scene is described with drunkards and derelicts slouching on the disturbed chairs.
  • The isolation and despair of the few human beings are contrasted with objects of pleasure like a billiard table, wine bottles, and glasses.

Why the Night Café was gloomy and his other art pieces after this one

This is a known fact that Van Gogh suffered from psychotic episodes and delusions. While painting the Night Café, he was isolated, and so, he put his thoughts on the canvas.

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Self-portrait with Bandaged Ear and Pipe
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Conclusion

His expertise in the use of colors in his paintings made the “ugly” painting one of the most recognized artworks. The painting is a lesson on how strong emotions like loneliness and desperation can be portrayed in art.

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Kamna Kirti

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Writer, Podcaster, and Former Data Engineer. https://www.kamnakirti.com/

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Kamna Kirti

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Writer, Podcaster, and Former Data Engineer. https://www.kamnakirti.com/

The Collector

The aim of this publication is to learn from our history and culture in order to understand the dynamics of politics and improve the current state of movements for feminism, racism, and LGBTQ