16 April – 4 September 2011
‘Unutterably luminous and consoling’, is how Van Gogh described those portraits he thought the best. That is how he had experienced the old masters and that is what he aspired to himself.
In the exhibition Van Gogh / Roulin, one of the masterpieces from the collection of Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Van Gogh’s Portrait of Armand Roulin, will be temporarily reunited with the portrait of Armand’s father Joseph Roulin, the postmaster whom Van Gogh befriended. Peter Hecht, guest curator and professor of art history in Utrecht, tells the story of this friendship and of the portraits of father and son through the portraits and several of Van Gogh’s letters.
The Collection Enriched has been financed by the bequest of Mrs N.C. van Riemsdijk-Borsje (2006), intended to endow the museum’s collection of old masters, and is supported by the BankGiro Loterij, the Rembrandt Society, Sikkens and the Rabobank, the museum’s education partner.