The Night Cafe

The painting "Night Cafe" by Vincent Van GoghIt 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