Restaurant at Asnières, 1887

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

  • Oil on Canvas, 18.5 X 27 cm
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
    (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)
  • F 321

This is a simple composition painted in a limited range of summer colors. The green of the shutters returns in the plant-containers, and the yellow wall gives way to the yellow of the paving. There is no shade: this is the middle of the day. There is no trace of an inscription or sign, but the door – invitingly open – and also the plants and the outside table all suggest this may be a restaurant.

During the summer of 1887, Van Gogh often worked in the open air in Asnières, a Parisian suburb lying within walking distance of his flat in Montmartre. Once there, he painted parks, cafés, restaurants and the river.

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