Van Gogh: From Post-Impressionism to Virtual Reality

July 27, 2015

It’s one thing to appreciate Van Gogh’s art. But have you ever stopped to wonder what it would feel like to experience it? To live out the ghostly albeit vibrant celebrations of city life Van Gogh so magically captured by stepping inside the art work is now an accessible – yet virtual -reality.

The bedazzlement of the world’s most revered post-impressionist artist of our times can now be accessed in Virtual Reality – owing to the efforts of New York-based game designer Mac Cauley who has brought the inspiration to life with his latest project. 


The project, titled “Night Café”, pays tribute to the post impressionist’s delicate brush strokes so that the intricacies of his style of art are properly addressed, bringing to life haunting recreations of his paintings. Candles flicker, lights rotate, and shadows are cast in a manner that transcends the illusion that you have stepped into a post-impressionist world, as witnessed through the eyes of the eccentric, posthumous genius.


So keep your eyes open wide as you get a gander of starry night in full dimension. And if you’ve ever wondered what it would feel like to take a step back and contemplate reality at the de la Gare Café, circa 1888, Le Café de Nuit is now open for visitors. 


by Ghassan Khayyat
Ghassan was tuned into the writing world on a transistor radio-wave of an unbeknownst frequency, once upon a daydream dreary. With a firm belief in Dr. Seussims and all things gadget and gizmo-tronic, he tinkers before he speaks, and chooses his words technologically. He is Editor for T3 Middle East’s Levant English publication and English website, and Associated Editor for the GCC English publication. Reach him at