Celebrating Van Gogh at the National Gallery of Art
June 8 – September 18, 2014
West Building, Main Floor, M-83
This exhibition is no longer on view at the National Gallery.
A portrait of Joseph Roulin, the postman
Shortly after moving to the river port town of Arles in the south of France, Van Gogh began painting the Roulin family. In letters, the artist idealized the patriarch. On canvas, he immortalized him; his wife, Augustine; and their three children, Armand, Camille and baby Marcelle. “The relationship between Van Gogh and the Roulins was extraordinary,” said Earl A. Powell III, director, National Gallery of Art. “The artist’s admiration for them is evident in these portraits and the opportunity to see these portraits of father and daughter reunited again, for the first time in 125 years, is not only a touching tribute to the enduring bonds of friendship, but a poignant reflection on family.”
The portraits of the postman and his daughter Marcelle will go on view in Gallery 83 with seven other paintings by Van Gogh from the Gallery’s holdings, including
Thanks to the generosity of important benefactors such as Mr. Mellon, Ailsa Mellon Bruce, Chester Dale, Pamela Harriman, and John Hay Whitney, the National Gallery of Art has ten paintings by Van Gogh. In addition, the Gallery owns eleven prints and drawings by the artist that may be seen by appointment by calling 202-842-6380.