Vincent van Gogh painted Terrace of a Café on Montmartre (La Guinguette) in 1886. Usually the setting for a lighthearted scene of leisure, notably in the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the painting's outdoor café takes on a sober note in the low autumn light.
Van Gogh works in his figures as mere suggestions of form with weighted calligraphic strokes and a dark palette of brown and carmine red. The streak of aqua on the lamppost presents a startling contrast as does the free handling of the trees and volatile sky.
Vincent van Gogh continued his experiments with color in Vegetable Gardens and the Moulin de Blute-Fin on Montmartre. Keep reading to learn about this painting.