Café terrace at night is an artwork done by Vincent Van Gogh with many hidden meanings in the piece. He picked the perfect colors to incorporate into his painting. Even though it was a night scene there is very few spots that are filled in with black. He finished this oil painting in 1888. His father was a minister and he was raised in a very religious household. Many people say that this night scene represents the Last Supper because of the influence he had in his family. The colors of the piece draw to the scene that is happening outside a café. Looking closer you start to see that there are twelve people surrounding the central figure in the middle. The person in the center has longer hair and many people say that this person represents Jesus Christ. You can interpret that Jesus is talking to his twelve disciples. It even looks like there is a person leaving the group and this would resemble Judas the disciple who betrayed Christ. There also some crosses that are hidden into the scene. The most obvious cross would be behind the Christ figure in the middle. He never made it clear but people can infer that this masterpiece had something to do with a religious scenario. Other people think that the Christ figure is just the waiter taking orders for the restaurant. Nobody is certain that this represents the last supper. Vincent van Gogh had a very unordinary life. He was born on March 30, 1853 in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. He Family was in financial troubles, with that being said he was forced to leave school and work with his uncle. His uncle worked at an art dealership named Goupil and Cie. By this time he was fluent in French, German, and English. Van Gogh fell in love with a women that denied his marriage proposal. He was in great grief and threw away all of his books except the Bible. It wasn’t until this incident that he devoted his life to religion. This ended quickly when he had to take a Latin exam. He hated the Latin language calling it a “dead language” and was denied entrance to become a minister. Van Gogh art helped him stay emotionally balanced. He worked by himself a lot because he didn’t get along with others very well. One incident when Van Gogh was working with Gauguin he got into an argument. This escalated and his anger in this situation rose enough for him to chop off his own ear. After this he was hospitalized and diagnosed with depression. He could never get passed this sickness and later shot himself on July 29, 1890. He was only Thirty-seven when he died. He struggled with mental illness and was poor throughout his life. His artwork became much more popular after his death.
1. Would you interpret this piece as representing the Last supper?
2. Do you think Van Gogh wanted to draw people into the café scene?
3. Is there any other crosses hidden in the artwork