Vincent van Gogh

Portrait of Joseph Roulin

1889

Post Impressionism

Dutch

2017-2

About The Artist

Dutch painter. His life and work are legendary in the history of 19th- and 20th-century art. In the popular view, van Gogh has become the prototype of the misunderstood, tormented artist, who sold only one work in his lifetime—but whose Irises (sold New York, Sotheby’s, 11 Nov 1987) achieved a record auction sale price of £49 million. Romantic clichés suggest that van Gogh paid with insanity for his genius, which was understood only by his supportive brother Theo (1857–91). Van Gogh was active as an artist for only ten years, during which time he produced some 1000 watercolours, drawings and sketches and about 1250 paintings ranging from a dark, Realist style to an intense, expressionistic one. Almost more than on his oeuvre, his fame has been based on the extensive, diary-like correspondence he maintained, in particular with his brother.

Key Facts

Post Impressionism [ emotionalist ]

Japanese Influence japonisme

This is a portrait of Vincent’s postman, Joseph Roulin, one of Vincent’s few close friends

Vincent was incredibly argumentative and had few friends

This was painted in the year that Vincent entered an asylum.

Became friends with Paul Gaugin, but drove him away.

Vincent van Gogh

Portrait of Joseph Roulin

1889

Post Impressionism

Dutch

2017-2

This Dutch painter is legendary in the history of art for his as the prototype misunderstood, tormented artist, who only sold one work in his lifetime, but whose painting titled “Irises” achieved a record auction sale of £49 million.

We know so much about this artist through his extensive diary-like correspondence that he maintained with his brother Theo.

This artist entered an asylum in 1889, not too long after his separation from Gauguin, a good friend and fellow painter who lived with him in the “Little Yellow House” in Arles, France.

Personal Response

I have always been intrigued by the emotionally charged color and content of Vincent Van Gogh’s work. In 2004, I was able to visit the Van Gogh museum in Amsterdam and was really affected by the stories and images I experienced there. His sketchbooks and letters were as interesting as the many paintings in the museum’s collection.

I can’t wait for the movie “Loving Vincent” that will be coming out later this year. The movie is the first full feature film in which each frame is made from an individual painting. I imagine it will be incredible, and will give viewers a better idea of how tormented the artist actually was.

Vincent van Gogh

Portrait of Joseph Roulin

1889

Post Impressionism

Dutch

2017-2

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