OIL PAINTING: L'Arlesienne, Portrait of Madame Ginoux, 1890
After moving to Arles, Van Gogh made many friends. Among them were the Ginoux family - the owners of the cafe, which the artist often visited. Madame Ginoux agreed to pose for Van Gogh for this portrait. This painting is considered one of the most colorful works created by the artist in the portrait genre. Arlesian women were famous for their beauty and sense of taste.
The face of Madame Ginoux is full of sadness. She is known to have suffered from prolonged periods of melancholy. This was reflected both in the pose she is depicted, and in her pensive, detached look. Against the background of a bright, "oppressive" pink color, the Arlesian woman's face seems dark and dull, and her figure is just a dark silhouette.
At the same time, Madame Jinoux is portrayed with great warmth and soulfulness. Van Gogh shows her nobility and calm character, peacefulness and intelligence.