|Le Zouave (half-figure)|
|Artist||Vincent van Gogh|
|Medium||Oil on canvas|
|Dimensions||82 cm × 65 cm (32 in × 26 in)|
|Location||Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam|
The Zouave is the subject of several sketches and paintings made by Vincent van Gogh in Arles.
Van Gogh was excited to have a model for a portrait, and painted two of the Zouave soldier in June 1888. Van Gogh described him as a boy, though he is portrayed as older, with a small face, large neck and intense eyes. A half-length portrait, Le Zouave (half-figure), was made of the tanned man with bright colors he called a "savage combination of incongruous tones". The Zouave's uniform was blue with red-orange braids, a red cap and two yellow stars on his chest, all placed against the background of a green door and orange bricks.
Van Gogh was not happy with the painting and described it as "ugly and unsuccessful", but thought the challenge might expand his artistic range. He made a further drawing, with which he was not particularly pleased, and a painting Le Zouave of the soldier against a white wall.
The Zouave, watercolor, 1888, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York (F1482)
- Harrison, R, ed. (2011). "Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh, Arles, 21 June 1888". Van Gogh Letters. WebExhibits. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- "The Zouave, 1888". Permanent Collection. Van Gogh Museum. 2005–2011. Retrieved 2011-05-12.
- Harrison, R, ed. (2011). "Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Emile Bernard. Written 23 June 1888 in Arles". Van Gogh Letters. WebExhibits. Retrieved 2011-05-11.
- Van Gogh, paintings and drawings: a special loan exhibition, a fully digitized exhibition catalog from The Metropolitan Museum of Art Libraries, which contains material on The Zouave (see index)