Shalom Meneer van Gogh
Interior of a Restaurant, Paris, 1887
Oil on canvas, 45.5 x 56.5 cm
Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo

Theo, by then a successful Parisian art dealer, liked The Potato Eaters, but wrote his brother that the painting looked slightly old-fashioned and that Vincent should get acquainted with color-rich modern painting styles.

In November 1885 the artist left the Netherlands (as it turned out, never to return again). He headed for Antwerp to take classes at the academy of art. Hovewer, disagreeing with the school’s academic principles, Vincent soon moved to Paris to live with Theo. In the two years he spent in the French capital, he was introduced to new art directions and produced over 200 paintings.

In this painting Vincent resorts to a pointillist technique, using a variety of colors to express the festive atmosphere of a restaurant awaiting the imminent arrival of patrons. Notice how changed the artist’s color palette is compared to The Potato Eaters.