Joseph Santore on Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh, The Night Café, 1888, oil on canvas, 28.5 × 36.3 inches (Yale
Vincent van Gogh, The Night Café, 1888, oil on canvas, 28.5 × 36.3 inches (Yale University Art Gallery)

Joseph Santore blogs about the work of Vincent van Gogh.

"The biggest surprise at Yale was discovering that Van Goghʼs The Night Cafe in the Place Lamartine was part of the permanent collection in the Yale Museum right across the street from the Art and Architecture building. I visited often but somehow could not get used to how small it was compared to the size of a projected slide in a lecture hall. I was also kind of shocked by how roughly it was painted, as if he was carving into space with color. I remember Al Held saying that Van Goghʼs paintings never quite settled in on the walls of museums and that there was a strange awkwardness about the way they related to the other works around them."