but a number of drawings were highly finished and were intended as independent art works in their own right. Further, gouache and watercolor were added to many drawings, hence these resemble paintings. Van Gogh’s oil paintings were created with vigorous drawing and stippling with the brush. Additionally, drawings were also made based on oil paintings to inform artist friends what the oils appeared like. Van Gogh at times focused on drawing and at other times on oil painting; but it is clear that there was a lot of overlap and interaction between the two media. Further, van Gogh experimented with various tools, inks, papers and techniques: for example “charcoal, chalk, graphite, carpenter’s pencils, reed and quill pens, aniline inks, a perspective frame, and laid and woven paper”, and milk was used as a fixative (Walker: 25).The artist worked with a burning eagerness, unhampered even by howling winds, during which time he would either kneel on his canvases and paint horizontally, or tie his easel to iron stakes that he drove deep into the ground. Among many other locations he painted the Pont de Langlois, a little re-built bridge close to Arles. Van Gogh’s paintings completed there included The Night Café, the Yellow Room, Starry Night Over the Rhone, and L’Arlesienne.“Cafe Terrace at Night, also known as The Cafe Terrace on the Place du Forum, was painted in Arles, France in September 1888. The style of the painting is unique for Van Gogh, with the warmth of colours and the depth of the perspective. This is the first painting in which he used starry backgrounds. He looked south towards the artificially lighted terrace of the popular coffee house as well as into the. Van Gogh in Provance.
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