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The subject of the portrait is the 17-year-old Armand Joseph Desire Roulin (1871 – 1945), oldest son of the post-master Joseph Roulin. In the summer of 1888, van Gogh became friends with his neighbor in Arles. With great affection, the artist painted a number of portraits of Joseph Roulin and his family. Armand Roulin modeled for two portraits similar in format and execution; the one in Essen is the second version. It shows a young man dressed in a yellow jacket, full faced against a background of Veronese green. Van Gogh probably painted this carefully composed study shortly after the first version in December 1888. Apparently the subject and his family preferred this portrait.

Details

  • Title: Portrait d'Armand Roulin (Portrait of Armand Roulin)
  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh
  • Date: 1888
  • Provenance: Acquired in 1903 for the Museum Folkwang, Hagen, since 1922 Essen
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: © Museum Folkwang
  • Medium: Oil on canvas
  • Höhe: 65.00 cm
  • Collection: Painting, Sculpture, Media Art
  • Breite: 54.10 cm

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