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How to Read Paintings: Night Café by Vincent van Gogh

A compelling depiction of the night prowlers of Arles

Vincent van Gogh made this painting in early September 1888. It shows the interior of a tavern, a local bar populated by “night prowlers” as Van Gogh called them — people who “have no money to pay for a lodging, or are too drunk to be taken in.”

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