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In the café: Agostina Segatori in Le Tambourin

Vincent van GoghJanuary 1887 - March 1887

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

The Naples-born Agostina Segatori owned the café Le Tambourin on the Boulevard de Clichy in Paris. Van Gogh had a brief relationship with her. On the wall to the right is a Japanese print of two geisha girls. It was probably Van Gogh, who painted the café proprietor at the time of a sales exhibition of Japanese prints that he himself had organized. Van Gogh was fascinated by Japanese woodcuts (see letter to Theo van Gogh, 5 July 1888).

Agostini Segatori sits at a table whose top is shaped like a tambourine, as are the stool seats. The same stool design can be seen in Basket of pansies.

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