Famous painting by Vincent Van Gogh ‘The Night Cafe’ gets the Occulus Rift treatment with a 3 dimensional view into Van Gogh’s hidden world.
Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo in 1888 and joked that he planned on painting the Café de la Gare as revenge for husband and wife proprietors Joseph-Michel and Marie taking loads of his money over the years.
Today I am probably going to begin on the interior of the café where I have a room, by gas light, in the evening. It is what they call here a “café de nuit” (they are fairly frequent here), staying open all night. “Night prowlers” can take refuge there when they have no money to pay for a lodging, or are too drunk to be taken in.
Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother explaining his intention to paint the cafe.
Over two nights he painted and slept during the day, later creating a toned down watercolour version.
This melding of technology and art was submitted by Mac Cauley of Brooklyn, NY as a part of Occulus Rift’s Mobile VR Jam. Artists and animators submit unique work into a competition and go into the running to win millions in prizes.
“I have always been drawn to the paintings of Van Gogh and I imagined it would be amazing to be inside one of these colorful worlds. While creating the environments of these paintings in 3D space, I’ve had to expand on areas that can’t be seen; rooms behind doors, objects hidden from view, people turned away from the viewer.” – Mac Cauley
This opens new worlds for lovers of art. It’s like taking a glace behind the mirror. What do you think?