Vincent Van Gogh is a Dutch post impressionist painter who was born in 1853. He is particularly famous for landscape paintings, but one of his most celebrated paintings is the colourful Cafe Terrace at Night, which depicts a cafe in the town of Arles, France.
One notable aspect of the painting is its brightness, although the subject matter is the terrace of a cafe at night time. Van Gogh manages to brighten up the painting with over-sized, bright yellow stars that appear to make the sky glow, alongside the lights that pour out of the cafe.
The perspective of the painting is unusual and attention-grabbing. Although not completely representational, it is as if you are looking through the eyes of painter standing in front of the cafe, looking all the way along the long narrow road. While the size of the stars and the amount of space given to the sky seems unnatural, this just adds to the painting’s charm.
Overall Van Gogh has successfully brightened up a night scene, using incredible colours and unique perspective.