One of van Gogh’s closest friends when he lived in Arles was Joseph Roulin, who worked for the local post office. Van Gogh executed six paintings and three drawings of Roulin between 1888 and 1889. The artist thought so highly of Roulin that he confessed in a letter to his brother Theo, “I don’t know if I will be able to paint the Postman as I feel him.”
How would you choose to represent one of your closest friends or family member? How would you emphasize how they make you feel and what they mean to you?
We’ve been asking visitors to use haiku, a Japanese 17 syllable poem.
Title: Person’s name
Line 1: 5 syllables describing how you know him or her
Line 2: 7 syllables describing what he or she looks like
Line 3: 5 syllables describing how you feel about him or her
Graduate Intern Beth Rizley Evans wrote one about her sister to help inspire you.
Sister, doctor, friend
We look like repetitions
She laughs at my jokes
Proud of your work? Share your haiku on Twitter and tag it #vangoghhaiku.
All the dogs sniff him
He secrets treats in pockets
Glad he makes the rounds
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