Famous Oil Painting Location Photos Then and Now

Van Gogh, Vincent — Vincent Van Gogh Café Terrace at Night

Vincent Van Gogh Café Terrace at Night

Café Terrace at Night Then & Now Photo and Oil Painting.

Café Terrace at Night, also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum in Arles, France, mid-September 1888 is one of the standouts among the most well known oil painting locations in art, not to mention one of the most famous painting, ever. Originally the painting was named Café le soir (Coffeehouse, in the evening).

The painting and the café were both featured in the 1956 film Lust for Life starring Kirk Douglas and later in TV show Doctor Who. A bistro in Croatia was updated to look like the cafe in this painting.
It is still an active cafe, now called The Van Gogh Cafe, and people can still stand in the Place Du Forum, where Van Gogh painted.

Recently, some art historians say that this is a religious painting featuring Jesus and the Apostles based on letters Vincent sent to his brother Theo, referencing the painting and writing that he had a“tremendous need for, shall I say the word—for religion.”

Van Gogh's The Last Supper at The Cafe Terrace at Night?

There are TEN seated customers and the ELEVENTH customer appears to be leaving the patio and going inside the cafe. The TWELFTH person is the waiter (Jesus) standing in the center in a white outfit resembling a tunic from the Crusades. The French window in back of the waiter/Jesus resembles a cross, but if you take any part of a French window or a glass French door, they are made up of crosses. So, should the oil painting be renamed The Last Supper at The Cafe Terrace at Night?

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Van Gogh, Vincent — Vincent Van Gogh The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet

Vincent Van Gogh The Church in Auvers-sur-Oise, View from the Chevet

The Church At Auvers Sur Oise View From The Chevet Then & Now Photo and Oil Painting.

Vincent Van Gogh painted The Church in Auvers-Sur-Oise, View from the Chevet in June of 1890. The church is in Auvers-Sur-Oise, a medieval town about 15 miles northwest of Paris.

Vincent Van Gogh settled in Auvers-Sur-Oise, a town in the edges of Paris. His brother Théo, worried with his well being, convinced him to see Doctor Gachet, himself a painter and a companion of various artists, who accepted to treat him. Between the two months, he was there from May 21, 1890, to his death on July 29, Van Gogh made about seventy paintings, more than one a day, also an extensive number of drawings.

This church, built in the thirteenth century in the early Gothic style, flanked by two Romanesque chapels. If one contrasts this artwork and Claude Monet's works of the Cathedral in Rouen, a short time later, one can see how diverse Van Gogh's approach was from that of the Impressionists. Not at all like Monet, he didn't attempt to render the impression of the play of light on the landmark. Despite the fact the church remains recognizable, the painting does not so much offer the observer a faithful image of reality than a type of "expression" of a church. The creative means utilized by Van Gogh foresee the work of the Fauvists and Expressionist painters.

The French painter Charles-François Daubigny first moored his studio barge Botin there in the 1850s and later acquired three houses in the town. With the approach of a railroad, the town became a tourist destination. It attracted artists such as Corot, Cezanne, and Pissarro, all seeking to capture its rustic natural charms.

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Van Gogh, Vincent — Vincent Van Gogh Stairway at Auvers

Vincent Van Gogh Stairway at Auvers

Stairway at Auvers Then & Now Photo and Oil Painting.

The exact location of paintings in Google street view where Vincent Van Gogh painted in May of 1890. Stairway at Auvers also known as Village Street and Steps in Auvers with Figures is in the St. Louis Art Museum. There is a second version of this painting called Village Street and Steps in Auvers with Two Figures at the Hiroshima Museum of Art. Which when comparing the two oil paintings, the second one does not have the Van Gogh characteristics on would expect.

Both are painted on the Rue de la Sansonne near the Auberge Ravoux a small Inn where Van Gogh stayed while in Auvers-Sur-Oise, France. He did a few paintings of the town and surroundings while there. This staircase is a protected historical monument.

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Van Gogh, Vincent — Vincent Van Gogh The Town Hall at Auvers July 1890

Vincent Van Gogh The Town Hall at Auvers July 1890

The Town Hall at Auvers Then & Now Photo and Oil Painting.

The Town Hall at Auvers July 1890 is a painting by Vincent van Gogh, painted in mid-July of 1890. It is based on the view Van Gogh had when he ventured out in the street from the Auberge Ravoux, a small inn, where he stayed in room number 5. Sitting at the outdoor cafe on the sidewalk outside Auberge Ravoux on July 14, 1890, Bastille Day, Vincent painted Auvers-Sur-Oise's small town hall, which was partly obscured by trees, which he removed and thinned in his painting. Along with different canvases, he painted from his brief period in Auvers-Sur-Oise, for example, The Church at Auvers (see description above) and paintings of houses with thatched roofs, this depiction appears to be reminiscent of scenes from the northern scenes of Van Gogh's adolescence and youth.

During the nineteenth century, various well-known artists lived and worked in Auvers-Sur-Oise, including Paul Cézanne, Charles-François Daubigny, Camille Pissarro, and Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot. Daubigny's house is now a museum where one can see paintings by the artist. On the off chance that you stroll along the river from Auvers toward Pontoise you would see be able to various perspectives which figured in the artworks of Pissarro.

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Van Gogh, Vincent — Vincent Van Gogh Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape

Vincent Van Gogh Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape

Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape Then & Now Photo and Oil Painting.

Vincent van Gogh painted no less than 18 depictions of olive trees, generally in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence region in 1889, this oil painting is the most acclaimed of the series.

Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo after he voluntarily entered the asylum at Saint-Rémy in the south of France: "I did a landscape with olive trees and also a new study of a starry sky." Later, when the oil paintings had dried, he sent both of them to Theo in Paris, noting: "The olive trees with the white cloud and the mountains behind, as well as the rise of the moon and the night effect, are exaggerations from the point of view of the general arrangement; the outlines are accentuated as in some old woodcuts."

Van Gogh's letters make it clear that he created this specific exceptional vista as a daylight partner to the visionary nocturne of his more well-known canvas, The Starry Night. He felt that both pictures showed, in complementary ways, the principles he shared with his fellow painter Paul Gauguin, with respect to the flexibility of the artist to go beyond "the photographic and silly perfection of some painters" and intensify the experience of color and linear rhythms.” Both paintings are utilizing basically the same pallet colors of blue, green, brown and white, and the rounded undulating movement of the scenery.

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Van Gogh, Vincent — Vincent van Gogh Wheatfield with Crows

Vincent van Gogh Wheatfield with Crows

Wheatfield with Crows Then & Now Photo and Oil Painting.

One of his most sensational and a painting with foreboding premonition, Wheatfield with Crows as Van Gogh committed suicide in July at the edge of the same wheat field. During this period he was seized by a terrible imaginative craze and started working at a frantic pace, doing about 70 paintings, which only served to aggravate his growing anxiety and tension. The contorted landscape and sinister black crows, roughly sketched with negligible brushstrokes, suggest the extreme inward turmoil that would soon make the artist end his life.

In Wheatfield with Crows also know as Wheatfield under Clouded Sky, the colors are not blended or diluted and each stroke is deliberate and unmistakable. The brilliant yellow wheat diverges from the darker earth and the approaching storm in the dark blue sky as if the elements were at war with each other. The sense of conflict is further emphasized by the artist's use of rough lines, and the complete absence of “classical” harmony and tonal subtleties. A simple wheat field is completely changed into an impression of the artist's disturbed mental state, and its pictorial rendition is only vaguely connected to the external reality.

Vincent gave up, one day he walks to the wheat field and shoots himself in the chest. He stumbles back to his lodging, where he dies two days later in the arms of his brother, at age 37. He tried to kill himself at the edge of the same wheat field he painted. Vincent's coffin is covered with yellow flowers, his easel, camp stool and his brushes placed on the ground next to his coffin. Theo's own health suffers a precipitous decline and six months later, Theo dies. It is said that this was Van Gogh's last painting.

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Van Gogh, Vincent — Vincent van Gogh Garden of the Hospital in Arles

Vincent van Gogh Garden of the Hospital in Arles

Garden of the Hospital in Arles Then & Now Photo and Oil Painting.

The Saint-Paul Asylum, in Saint-Rémy near Arles in southern France, is the subject of three paintings of the Hospital at Arles that Vincent van Gogh did of the hospital in which he stayed for two months starting in December 1888.

One of the paintings is the central courtyard garden titled Garden of the Hospital in Arles otherwise called the Courtyard of the Hospital at Arles. The other painting is of an asylum ward inside the hospital titled Ward of the Hospital in Arles. Van Gogh likewise painted his attending doctor in a Portrait of Dr. Félix Rey. Besides painting the inside and outside he also painted patients, orderlies and other

Van Gogh's emotional health weakened and he became alarmingly eccentric, culminating in a fight with Paul Gauguin who was staying with Van Gogh in December 1888 after which van Gogh cut off a piece of his own left ear. He was then hospitalized for a couple of months. His condition was analyzed by the hospital as "acute mania with generalized delirium".

The Ward of the Hospital in Arles portrays the inside hospital ward with its crazy patients, and the Garden of the Hospital in Arles is the view outside his hospital room painted from the balcony. A difference between the painting and the garden is that van Gogh expanded the size of the central fish pond for a better arrangement.

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Zorn, Anders — Anders Zorn Mora Church

Anders Zorn Mora Church

Mora Church Then & Now Photo and Oil Painting.

The painting date is unknown but we estimate it was painted in about 1890-1900.

The left photo is the location where the artist set up his easel to paint this oil painting of the Mora Church in Mora, Sweden. It belongs to Mora Parish of the Church of Sweden.

The house where Swedish painter Anders Zorn was born in 1860 is next to the Mora Church and is open to the public as a museum containing many of his works of art has been built next door.

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