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Vincent van Gogh. Portrait of Joseph Roulin. Arles, early 1889

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Portrait of Joseph Roulin

Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)

Arles, early 1889
Oil on canvas
25 3/8 x 21 3/4" (64.4 x 55.2 cm)
Credit Line:
Gift of Mr. and Mrs. William A. M. Burden, Mr. and Mrs. Paul Rosenberg, Nelson A. Rockefeller, Mr. and Mrs. Armand P. Bartos, The Sidney and Harriet Janis Collection, Mr. and Mrs. Werner E. Josten, and Loula D. Lasker Bequest (all by exchange)
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Collection work meeting criteria specified in Introduction.

Theo van Gogh (1857–1891), Paris. 1889 – 1891
Mme Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, Amsterdam (Theo van Gogh’s widow), Amsterdam. 1891 – 1923
Leicester Galleries, London (agent for Jo van Gogh-Bonger). December 1923
Tate Gallery (National Gallery Millbank), London. Acquired from Jo van Gogh-Bonger at Leicester Galleries. Purchase funded by the Courtauld Trustees, December 1923– [February] 1924
Mme Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, Amsterdam. [February] 1924 (agreed to take back The Portrait of Joseph Roulin from the Tate, in exchange for Sunflowers F454 JH1562)
Leicester Galleries, London (agent for Jo van Gogh-Bonger). February 1924
Galerie Thannhauser, Lucerne. Purchased form Leicester Galleries by Siegfried Rosengart (partner of Heinrich Thannhauser, the Munich gallery owner) for Galerie Thannhauser, Lucerne, on February 21, 1924– March 30, 1926
Bernhard Mayer, Zurich. Purchased from Siegfried Rosengart (partner of Heinrich Thannhauser, Munich), June 30, 1926 – at least 1930
Ernst Mayer and Gabrielle Mayer (Bernhard Mayer’s children), Zurich and Ascona. Inherited from Bernhard Mayer, by 1946
Thomas Ammann Fine Art, Zurich. On consignment from Swiss private collection, by 1989
The Museum of Modern Art, New York. Acquired from Thomas Ammann Fine Art through exchange and sale of seven works of art, 1989

Joseph Roulin, Bust
De postbode
Portret van den brievenbesteller Roulin
The Postman
Head of the Postman Joseph Roulin Against a Flowery Background
[Le Postier]

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