|Courtesy of www.VincentVanGogh.org|
Van Gogh painted this picture of the popular Restaurant de la Sirene at Asnieres, an area in the northwestern suburbs of Paris that sat alongside the River Seine, It had originally been a rural area that took its name from the
Latin for donkey, thought to refer to the local breeding of donkeys, but as Paris had grown and spread Asnieres became swallowed into the city.
By the time Van Gogh arrived in Paris Asnieres had a burgeoning population and was home to several large factories. It was also a fashionable place for day-trippers, and a number of artists frequented the area to point. Van Gogh painted several views of Asnieres, and was often accompanied on his trips by the young Signoc. This view of the restaurant reflects the artist's absorption of the Impressionist techniques, token to a different level. Van Gogh was less concerned with the fleeting effect of the atmosphere, and focused more on color, form and meaning in his work. At this time restaurant and cafe culture were at a high, and they often exhibited the works of contemporary painters.