This vibrant portrait depicts Augustine Roulin, wife of Van Gogh's friend the postmaster of Arles. Van Gogh created four other portraits of Augustine but this is the work that she chose to keep for herself.
Vincent van Gogh
La Berceuse (Woman Rocking a Cradle; Augustine-Alix Pellicot Roulin, 1851-1930)
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 65 x 54 cm Collection Stedelijk Museum Amsterdam
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is considered one of the most influential post-impressionist artists in the history of Western art. During his short yet prolific career he developed a highly personal use of colour and brushwork, directly expressing an emotional response to his subject and his inner world.