Portrait of Camille Roulin
Vincent van Gogh
Camille Roulin
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Post-Impressionism, 1853-1890): Portrait of Camille Roulin, 1888. Created in Arles, France. Oil on canvas, 40.5 x 32.5 cm. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

"But I have made portraits of a whole family, that of the postman whose head I had done previously - the man,his wife, the baby, the young boy, and the son of sixteen, all of them real characters and very French, though they look like Russians." (Vincent van Gogh, Letter to Theo, 4 December 1888, from Arles, France.)

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"Rubens is certainly making a strong impression on me. I find his drawing immensely good, by which I mean the drawing of heads and hands in themselves. I’m utterly carried away, for instance, by his way of drawing the features in a face with strokes of pure red or, in the hands, modelling the fingers with similar strokes. I go to the museum quite often and then look at little else but a few heads and hands by him and Jordaens.4 I know that he isn’t as intimate as Hals and Rembrandt, but those heads are so alive in themselves." (Vincent van Gogh, Letter to Theo, 14 December 1885, from Antwerp)

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