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About the Roulin Family
Don't Let Your Head Hang Down

Portrait of Armand Roulin

Vincent van Gogh (in 1888)

While staying in Arles in the south of France, Van Gogh befriended the station postal clerk Joseph Roulin. He portrayed the whole family: the postal clerk, his wife, their baby daughter and also their son, who can be seen here. The 17 year old Armand, with his downy moustache and gloomy look, is a true adolescent.


Title Portrait of Armand Roulin
Material and technique Oil on canvas
Object type Painting
Location This object is on view in room 13
Dimensions (general) Height : 65,5 cm
Width : 54,3 cm
Makers Artist: Vincent van Gogh
Accession number 2608 (MK)
Credits Verworven met de verzameling van / Acquired with the collection of: D.G. van Beuningen 1958
Department Modern Art
Acquisition date 1958
Age maker About 35 years old
Collector Collector / D.G. van Beuningen
Exhibitions Impressionisme: Een schone kijk (1992)
Van Gogh & Roulin (2011)
The Collection Enriched (2011)
De collectie als tijdmachine (2017)
Material Canvas > Worked fibres > Fibre > Vegetable material > Organic material > Material > Material and technique
Oil > Paint > Artist's material > Material > Material and technique
Object Painting > Painting > Two-dimensional object > Art object
Geographical origin France > Western Europe > Europe
Geographical origin The Netherlands > Western Europe > Europe
Place of manufacture Arles > France > Western Europe > Europe

All about the maker

Vincent van Gogh

Zundert 1853 - Auvers-sur-Oise 1890

Vincent van Gogh was the son of a minister and a preacher himself for a while. After he was dismissed in 1880 from his position as preacher in the poor mine reg..