The Postman

VG-Postman-#2

        “One of van Gogh’s closest friends and favorite sitters in Arles was the local postman, Joseph Roulin. While painting this work, van Gogh wrote to his brother, “I am now at work with another model, a postman in blue uniform, trimmed with gold, a big bearded face, very like Socrates.” Indeed, the modest postman has all the authority of an admiral.” MFA

“I long so much to make beautiful things. But beautiful things require effort—and disappointment and perseverance.”

—Vincent van Gogh, The Hague, September 9, 1882, to Theo van Gogh

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