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Van Gogh & Roulin - Reunion

from April 16 2011 until September 4 2011

Vincent van Gogh. Portrait of Armand Roulin (1888). Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen, Rotterdam Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890). Portrait of Joseph Roulin, february-march 1889. 65x54 cm, oil on canvas. Collection Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo Carel Fabritius (Midden-beemster 1622 - Delft 1654)  Self portrait, ca. 1640-1650 Oil on panel, 65 x 49 cm Collection Museum Boijmans Van Beuningen Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg Photo: Lotte Stekelenburg

‘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 made possible in part by: our chief patron, the Rembrandt Association. With thanks to Sikkens, BankGiro Loterij and Rabobank Rotterdam. Additional funding was supplied by the bequest of Mrs van Riemsdijk-Borsje.