Unlike Picasso and Renoir’s renderings of this iconic Montmartre site, which depict a dance hall in all its celebratory splendor, Van Gogh captures a more sober angle of the birthplace of the galette
. His painting illustrates the impact impressionism had already had upon the young painter. Today, the mill is privately owned and out of commission. The restaurant, however, remains. Just as Van Gogh preferred to see the windmill as an emblem of France
(see the flag which he strategically includes in the painting) so too those following in his footsteps might prefer a café or restaurant further down the hill— Le Basilic (across from the former Van Gogh residence) or Chez Camille (more bar than restaurant) are highly recommended.