L'Arlesienne: Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux, painted by Vincent van Gogh, was completed in 1888. The portrait depicts Marie Ginoux, proprietress of the Café de la Gare on the Place Lamartine, who came to the Yellow House to sit for Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin in early November.
Marie Ginoux wore traditional Arlesienne costume and posed with an umbrella on the table before her. Vincent van Gogh completed one painting during the hour-long session, while Gauguin worked on a drawing. Vincent later made this version of his portrait, replacing the umbrella with a pile of books.
Van Gogh continued to work on portraits throughout the winter of 1888. On the next page, we'll look at another portrait from this time.