Van Gogh and the Postman

I care so much for this painting! And what Van Gogh writes about the postman has me love him and the postman even more! Thank you, Sunnyside, which is a wonderful blog I’ve been following a long time—it’s filled with riches. -NH

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Vincent Van Gogh, Portrait of Joseph Roulin, April 1889, Kröller-Müller Museum, Image Source: wikimedia

“I’m now working on the portrait of a postman with his dark blue uniform with yellow. A head something like that of Socrates, almost no nose, a high forehead, bald pate, small grey eyes, high coloured full cheeks, a big beard, pepper and salt, big ears.” Vincent van Gogh


“While Roulin isn’t exactly old enough to be like a father to me,” Van Gogh described to Theo in April 1889, “all the same he has silent solemnities and tendernesses for me like an old soldier would have for a young one. Always—but without a word—a certain something that seems to mean: we don’t know what will happen to us tomorrow, but think of me in any event. And that does one good when it comes from a man who is neither embittered…

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