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  • La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle; Augustine-Alix Pellicot Roulin, 1851–1930), 1889
    Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
    Oil on canvas

    36 1/2 x 29 in. (92.7 x 73.7 cm)
    Signed and dated (on arm of chair): vincent / arles 89; inscribed (lower right): La / Berceuse
    The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1996, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1996.435)

    Of the five versions of Van Gogh's portrait of Augustine Roulin, wife of his friend the postmaster of Arles, the present canvas is the one the sitter chose for herself. Van Gogh remarked that "she had a good eye and took the best." He began the portraits just before his breakdown in Arles, in December 1888, and completed them in early 1889, calling them "La Berceuse," meaning "lullaby, or woman who rocks the cradle," indicated by the rope held in the sitter's hand, which is attached to the unseen cradle.

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  • La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle; Augustine-Alix Pellicot Roulin, 1851–1930), 1889
    Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
    Oil on canvas

    36 1/2 x 29 in. (92.7 x 73.7 cm)
    Signed and dated (on arm of chair): vincent / arles 89; inscribed (lower right): La / Berceuse
    The Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg Collection, Gift of Walter H. and Leonore Annenberg, 1996, Bequest of Walter H. Annenberg, 2002 (1996.435)


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