L’Arlseienne – Madame Ginoux with Gloves

L’Arlseienne – Madame Ginoux with Gloves

"Then I have an Arlésienne at last, a figure (no. 30 canvas) knocked off in one hour, background pale lemon — the face grey — the clothing dark dark dark, just unmixed Prussian blue. She’s leaning on a green table and is sitting in a wooden armchair — coloured orange." To Theo. Arles, on or about Saturday, 3 November 1888
Details:
Painting Date
2nd of November 1888
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Description:
The related image is Gauguin’s interpretation of the same Night Cafe Vincent painted some weeks before where he captures Madame Ginoux, the same woman depicted in Vincent’s “L’Arlesienne”.  The proprietor of the Night Cafe, the Ginoux’s were Vincent’s former landlords when he stayed above the restaurant and cafe in downtown Arles.  The women of Arles (Arlesiennes) were reputed throughout France to be beautiful and Vincent is pleased to have captured the calm and confident Madame Ginoux, his Arlesienne whose essence is perhaps meant to be indicative of all others.
“My dear Theo,
Gauguin and I thank you very much for sending 100 francs, and also for your letter. Gauguin is very happy that you like his consignment from Brittany,1 and that others who’ve seen it have liked it too.
At the moment he’s working on some women in a vineyard, entirely from memory, but if he doesn’t spoil it or leave it there unfinished it will be very fine and very strange. Also a painting of the same night café that I too have painted.
I’ve done two canvases of a leaf-fall, which Gauguin liked I think, and am now working on a vineyard, all purple and yellow. Then I have an Arlésienne at last, a figure (no. 30 canvas) knocked off in one hour, background pale lemon — the face grey — the clothing dark dark dark, just unmixed Prussian blue. She’s leaning on a green table and is sitting in a wooden armchair — coloured orange. Gauguin has bought a chest of drawers for the house, various household utensils and 20 metres of very strong canvas, a whole lot of things we needed, which it was more convenient to have anyway. Only we’ve made a note of all that he paid, which comes to nearly 100 francs, which we’d pay him back at New Year, or in the month of March for example, and then the chest of drawers &c. would belong to us of course.  I consider this quite right in fact, since he intends to put some money aside when he sells.  Up to the moment (let’s say in a year) when he’ll have enough to risk a second trip to Martinique.  We’re working a great deal, and our life together is going very well.  I’m very happy to know that you’re not alone in the apartment.”

 To Theo. Arles, on or about Saturday, 3 November 1888

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Theo writes back to Vincent, having received a shipment of paintings from Vincent after they dried sufficiently.  One of the paintings in the shipment was the Arlesienne:
 “I also very much like the vertical figure of a woman, there was a fellow here named Polack who knows Spain and the paintings there well. He said that it was as beautiful as one of the great Spaniards. Good health and good handshake from Jo and from
Theo”

Theo van Gogh to Vincent. Paris, Sunday, 16 June 1889

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas
Arles: November 2, 1888
Musée d’Orsay
Paris, France, Europe
F: 489, JH: 1625

Where Vincent Was:
Arles

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