National Geographic : 1997 Oct
MUSEED'ORSAY THE DANCE HALL, DECEMBER 1888 AR LES Adorned in silk and lace (top), Arlesiansgather in a cluster of festival gowns. Renowned for their beauty, the town's women captivatedvan Gogh, who painted them as a colorful multitude (above). Delving deeper, he used radianthues to give ordinarypeople "something of the eternal which the halo used to symbolize." He painted his friend, the postman Roulin, as if reflecting "tenderness, such as an old soldier might havefor a young one."