‘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, was 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, told 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 was 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.