Vincent van Gogh painted Terrace of a Cafe on Montmartre (La Guinguette) in 1886. Usually the setting for a lighthearted scene of leisure, notably in the work of Pierre-Auguste Renoir, the painting’s outdoor caf© takes on a sober note in the low autumn light. Van Gogh works in his figures as mere suggestions of form with weighted calligraphic strokes and a dark palette of brown and carmine red. The streak of aqua on the lamppost presents a startling contrast as does the free handling of the trees and volatile sky.   Painting, Oil on Canvas Paris: October, 1886 Musée d’Orsay Paris, France, Europe F: 238, JH: 1178