Van Gogh painted this chair as a kind of portrait of his colleague Paul Gauguin during the time he stayed with him in Arles in the south of France. Van Gogh later wrote: 'It is a study of his armchair of dark, red-brown wood, the seat of greenish straw, and in the absent person's place a lighted candlestick and some modern novels.' (See letter to Albert Aurier, 9/10 February 1890). Van Gogh also painted his own chair. Due to their stubborn characters, the cooperation between the two painters was short-lived.


  • Title: Gauguin's chair
  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh
  • Date Created: December 1888 - 1888
  • Location Created: Arles, France
  • Place Part Of: France
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • External Link: Gauguin's Chair

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