Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh and Gauguin–Vincent’s Homage to His Friend and Colleague

Vincent van Gogh, Gauguin’s Chair, Arles, November, 1888, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), Netherlands

Title: Gauguin’s Armchair, November, 1888

Artist: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)

Vincent’s closest friend, the artist Paul Gauguin (1848-1903), once sat in this chair when the two of them were living together in Arles in southern France. Its curving lines and general elegance can be considered representative of the occupant’s personality. The lighted candle on the chair between the books might be placed by Vincent in honor of his friend, while the humble lamp on the wall to our left is thought to symbolize Vincent.

However, Vincent later painted a portrait of Gauguin the following month. Which do you prefer?

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Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Gauguin, Arles, December, 1888, oil on jute on panel, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation), Netherlands

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