Van Gogh in

Restaurant Vénissac

  1. 1 Aug. 1875 1888
     - 29 Sep. 1888 1888

In mid-May 1888, Vincent wrote to his brother Theo that he had found a better restaurant where he could eat for a franc every night. He was referring to Vénissac on Place Lamartine, next door to his own hotel, the Café de la Gare. It must have been a welcome change; Vincent had complained about the bad food in Arles:

“And it’s the same everywhere in these little restaurants. Yet it’s not hard to boil potatoes. Impossible. And no rice or macaroni either, or else it’s ruined with fat or they don’t do it, and make the excuse: it’s for tomorrow, there’s no room on the stove, &c.” Read the complete letter

Vincent enjoyed Vénissac’s food and ate there daily, at least during August and September. The restaurant’s interior, including the floor and the wallpaper, was uniformly grey, reminding Vincent of the work of the Spanish painter Diego Velázquez.

Relevant letters from Vincent

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  1. Marije Vellekoop, Roelie Zwikker

    Vincent van Gogh, tekeningen, deel 4: Arles, Saint-Rémy, Auvers-sur-Oise
    Amsterdam, 2007