The Boulevard played an important role in Van Gogh’s life. The Café du Tambourin and the Moulin Rouge were located here, as was the studio of Fernand Cormon, where he studied for a time. Several of his friends lived here as well: John Russell, Georges Seurat and Paul Signac – the “Impressionistes du Petit Boulevard,” as Vincent referred to them.
“During the harvest my work has been no easier than that of the farmers themselves who do this harvesting. Far from my complaining about it, it’s precisely at these moments in artistic life, even if it’s not the real one, that I feel almost as happy as I could be in the ideal, the real life. ”Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh. Arles, on or about Sunday, 1 July 1888