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Vincent Van Gogh Café Terrace at Night Oil Painting.

Vincent Van Gogh Café Terrace at Night Oil Painting.
Vincent Van Gogh Café Terrace at Night Oil Painting.

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

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 paintings 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 the 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 "the tremendous need for, shall I say the word—for religion."

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

There are TEN seated customers, and the ELEVENTH customer appears to be leaving the patio and heading 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 the back of the waiter/Jesus resembles a cross. Any part of a French window or glass French door, however, is made up of crosses. So, should the oil painting be renamed The Last Supper at The Cafe Terrace at Night?

Original Vincent Van Gogh Cafe Terrace at Night

Tilt-Shift Vincent Van Gogh Cafe Terrace at Night

Vincent Van Gogh's Cafe Terrace At Night Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.

Probably one of the most recognizable paintings in the history of art, this new tilt-shift Vincent Van Gogh Cafe Terrace at Night is focused only on the cafe patrons and pedestrians. This reduces the emphasis on the cafe itself and increases the visibility of the people.

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Vincent Van Gogh Stairway at Auvers Oil Painting.

Vincent Van Gogh Stairway at Auvers Oil Painting.
Vincent Van Gogh Stairway at Auvers Oil Painting.

Vincent Van Gogh Stairway at Auvers Then & Now Photo and Oil Painting.

The exact location of the paintings in Google street view is 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. When comparing the two oil paintings, the second one does not have the Van Gogh characteristics one 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.

Original Vincent Van Gogh Stairway at Auvers

Tilt-Shift Vincent Van Gogh Stairway at Auvers

Vincent Van Gogh Stairway At Auvers Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.

This is a very challenging painting to work on since everything is in focus. The only depth of field is the smaller figures, but they are still in focus. for this Tilt-Shift Vincent Van Gogh's Stairway at Auvers, we took the ladies walking in the foreground and mid-ground and concentrated on them.

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Horace Vernet On the Barricades on the Rue Soufflot, Paris, June 25, 1848

Horace Vernet On the Barricades on the Rue Soufflot, Paris, June 25, 1848
Horace Vernet On the Barricades on the Rue Soufflot, Paris, June 25, 1848

Horace Vernet On the Barricades on the Rue Soufflot, Paris, 25 June 1848 Then and Now Photo and Oil Painting.

As you travel east on the Rue Soufflot in Paris's Latin Quarter from the Luxembourg Gardens, you reach the imposing portico and dome of the Panthéon. It is a powerful sight, one of the most amazing structures of the Neoclassical period, its facade modeled on the Roman Pantheon, the Paris Panthéon, designed by Jacques-Germain Soufflot. It was built between 1758 and 1790. Originally built as the Church of Ste-Geneviève, it now functions as a mausoleum containing the remains of distinguished French citizens.

The June Days uprising, from June 23 to June 26, 1848, was staged by the laborers of France. The uprising was in response to plans to close the National Workshops, created by the Second Republic to provide work for the jobless, but the jobs offered were low-paying, dead-end jobs, which barely provided enough money to survive, in effect, not much better than if they had been slaves who were provided food and shelter.

This anger came to a boiling point on June 23, when the protesters raided armories and built hundreds of barricades in sections of Paris by tearing up the street paving stones and overturning carts for barricades, which blocked communication and reduced mobility throughout the city. The protesters were primarily hand laborers and many were unemployed, but they also included landlords, artisans, shopkeepers, factory workers, railroad employees, socialists, and radicals. The French government asked General Louis Eugène Cavaignac to lead the 25,000 National Guard and the 15,000-strong Mobile Guard to quell the riots. On June 24, there were last-ditch efforts at mediation. Francois Arago stood before the barricade on the rue Soufflot near the Panthéon, trying to persuade the protesters to stand down. The reply came, "Monsieur Arago, we are full of respect for you, but you have no right to reproach us." You have never been hungry. You don't know what poverty is.' As depicted in Horace Vernet's painting of the Battle of Soufflot Barricades on June 25, 1848, at Rue Soufflot.

This did not end well for either side, as full-fledged battles ensued, and counted among the dead were 1,500 National Guard soldiers and 3,500 protesters; 7,000 others were injured, and 4,000 agitators were captured and extradited to Algeria. After this democratic protest failed, France got another dictator in the form of Napoleon's nephew, Napoleon III.

Original Horace Vernet Painting of Battle at Soufflot Barricades at Rue Soufflot

Tilt-Shift Horace Vernet Painting of Battle at Soufflot Barricades at Rue Soufflot

Horace Vernet On the Barricades on the Rue Soufflot, Paris, June 25th, 1848 Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift photo.

Picking the right people and actions in this busy painting is the key. The tilt-shift Horace Vernet's painting of the battle at Soufflot Barricades at Rue Soufflot has many actions, and initially, your eye is drawn to the red flag and the man standing on the barricade about to throw a rock, but the real action is elsewhere. The tilt shift has now brought to attention the man on the far right, who with a pistol is about to shoot the protester throwing the rock. The man in the bottom center with a rifle is about to shoot the man on the right before he has a chance to shoot the rock thrower. Who survived is up to your imagination.

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Anders Zorn Mora Church Oil Painting.

Anders Zorn Mora Church Oil Painting.
Anders Zorn Mora Church Oil Painting.

Photo and oil painting of Anders Zorn Mora Church Then & Now.

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. It is open to the public as a museum containing many of his works of art has been built next door.

Original Anders Zorn Mora Church

Tilt-Shift Anders Zorn Mora Church

Anders Zorn, Mora Church Oil Painting & Tilt-Shift Photo.

Tilt-Shift Anders Zorn, The Mora Church looks like a simple painting with not much detail to work with, and that is the problem of how to get the intended effect. Highlighting the town in the middle would seem like the obvious solution, but it does nothing to bring perspective to the painting. Therefore, highlighting the shrubbery produced the preferred effect.

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