Daumier’s art with ‘modern' gas light instead of oil lamps created interesting light effects. Vincent van Gogh liked how their yellow and orange tones made the blue colors stronger and created expressive portraits.

Today 133 years ago, on 27 or 28 October 1888,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Arles:

"In the evening especially, with the gaslight, I like the look of the studio very much. If you ever find any more Daumiers, don’t forget to get your hands on them. And I believe that in the evening we’ll bring neighbours and friends here, and that in the evening we’ll work as in the daytime, chatting as we do so. Portraits of people lit by gaslight — that always seems to me a thing to do. I shake your hand firmly, and write to us soon. Ever yours, Vincent”

Cafe Terrace au Place du Forum
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
81 × 65,5 cm
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands

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