It was a Van Gogh painting that opened my eyes to art when I was about 10. Then I came to Yale and discovered The Night Cafe in the Yale Art Gallery. This painting opened a direct, personal relationship with Van Gogh’s work that has never left me. I have stared at it countless times: the glowing lamps, the billiard table, and the mysterious man in white inviting you in. I even searched out the spot where that cafe was in Arles, in the south of France. I still visit that painting virtually every time I’m in New Haven. If there is one artwork in the world that feels most like “mine”, it is The Night Cafe.
– Stuart Cohen