Agostina Segatori Sitting in the Café du Tambourin

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License of this image: CC-BY-SA
License of original image: Van Gogh Museum - Public Domain

By: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Created: 1887, Collection: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands Rights: Public Domain

This is easy. A woman sitting in a café hasn't changed very much until today. You just need a small coffeehouse table.

Agostina Segatori owned the Café du Tambourin that Van Gogh knew intimately. It was a gathering spot for Parisian artists, a place where their work was exhibited. Van Gogh, unable to pay in cash for his meals, exchanged paintings for his fare. The paintings then adorned the restaurant.

His connection with Agostina and the cafe came to a sad end when she went bankrupt and Van Gogh’s paintings were confiscated by creditors. This painting, however, demonstrates an artistic discovery that culminated in his unique, creative style not quite on the brink of being understood and revered.

In the painting Agostina, a woman in her forties, can be seen smoking a cigarette while having her second glass of beer, evidenced by two saucers under the mug of beer. In demeanor and style, such as her clothing, make-up and hairstyle, she is a modern woman. She is wearing a fashionable hat. According to the style at the time, her jacket is a different design than her dress.

Source of the description: Wikipedia