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Portrait of Augustine Roulin, La Berceuse

Portrait of Augustine Roulin, La Berceuse Visual Arts Social Studies Nineteenth Century Life

This portrait is of Augustine Roulin, Joseph Roulin's wife.  The painting is currently owned by the van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. 

The museum provides this information about the work:

In December 1888 Van Gogh painted a portrait of Madame Roulin. He called the work La Berceuse: ‘lullaby’ or ‘woman rocking an infant.’ Augustine Roulin, who holds the cord to her baby’s cradle, is also intended as an emblem of motherhood in general.

The painter made four other versions of this work in early 1889. The subject had probably taken on a new meaning for him during his illness, evoking memories of his own mother and how she had once cared for him.


Media Credits

Quoted passage from the van Gogh Museum's description of the painting.

Image online, courtesy Web Gallery of Art.  PD

 

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