Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, Zundert 1853–1890 Auvers-sur-Oise)
Oil on canvas
25 x 20 1/8 in.
Robert Lehman Collection, 1975
On view at The Met Fifth Avenue in Gallery 826
This vigorously painted portrait of Augustine Roulin and her infant daughter, Marcelle, is one of Van Gogh’s many evocative renderings of the Roulin family, undertaken some six months after the artist relocated from Paris to Arles. Van Gogh painted the entire family of the local postman Joseph Roulin. Here, the chubbycheeked infant is the focus of the enterprise. Her heightened expression in thickly painted brushwork suggests that the baby may have posed for van Gogh, swaddled in her mother’s embrace. Augustine Roulin, by contrast, is an abbreviated presence.
Madame Joseph-Michel Ginoux (Marie Julien, 1848–1911), until 1896; sold through Henri Laget to [Ambroise Vollard, Paris] on March 21, 1896; [Eugène Blot, Paris] (possibly in February 1898); Paul von Mendelssohn-Bartholdy (1875-1935), Berlin; Elsa von Kesselstadt (Mendelssohn's wife), Vaduz; Walter Feilchenfeldt, Zurich, 1948; Acquired by Robert Lehman, New York, summer 1948.