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"I saw a magnificent and very strange effect this evening," Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother in late July of 1888. "A very large boat laden with coal on the Rhône, moored at the quay. Seen from above it was all glistening and wet from a shower; the water was a white yellow and clouded pearl-grey, the sky lilac and an orange strip in the west, the town violet. On the boat, small workmen, blue and dirty white, were coming and going, carrying the cargo ashore." He painted this scene (depicting sand barges rather than coal-carrying boats) shortly thereafter.
#VanGogh of the Day: The Stevedores in Arles, August 1888. Oil on canvas, 54 x 65 cm. Museo Nacional Thyssen-Bornemisza, Madrid.