1886 – 1887
Vincent moved in with his brother Theo, who was working at the Paris branch of Goupil & Cie. Through him, Vincent came into contact with painters such as Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin. Under the influence of Impressionism, his colours became brighter. He tried out his new colour palette in a series of floral pieces. He also painted his first sunflowers and cityscapes. Along with his new friends, he exhibited in the café Le Tambourin, but without success. He bought many Japanese prints, finding much inspiration in them. Once again, he was overcome with the urge to return to the countryside, but now somewhere with clearer sunlight where the colours would emerge better. Japan was too far away, so he travelled to the South of France.