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Looking at Postman Joseph Roulin – part 4
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Joseph Roulin – MOMA NY

The last pictures of these short series.

Van Gogh painted all the members of the Roulin-family. There are more than one paintings of Joseph Roulin. I found three different versions in my gallery and also several with paintings of the other members of the family.

I finish this series with a version from the Krφller-Mόller Museum in the Netherlands. And just as Gert expects, this time with children looking at the postman.

You can see in the workshop a version, this time without spectators, from the MOMA-museum in New York.

The Roulin Family is group of portrait paintings Vincent van Gogh executed in Arles in 1888 and 1889 on Joseph, his wife Augustine and their three children: Armand, Camille and Marcelle. This series is unique in many ways. Although Van Gogh loved to paint portraits, it was difficult for financial and other reasons for him to find models. So, finding an entire family that agreed to sit for paintings — in fact, for several sittings each — was a bounty.
Joseph Roulin became a particularly good, loyal and supporting friend to Van Gogh during his stay in Arles. To represent a man he truly admired was important to him. The family, with children ranging in age from four months to seventeen years, also gave him the opportunity to produce works of individuals in several different stages of life.
Rather than making photographic-like works, Van Gogh used his imagination, colours and themes artistically and creatively to evoke desired emotions from the audience. (Wikipedia)

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