On 20 February 1888 Van Gogh moved from Paris to Arles, where Joseph Roulin worked at the railroad station. They become good friends. On 21 January 1889 Roulin moved to Marseille. And Van Gogh would move to Saint-Rémy a few months later. Roulin wrote 4 letters to Vincent after their ways separated, worried about his good friend’s health.

Today 132 years ago, on 24 October 1889,

Joseph Roulin wrote to his friend Vincent van Gogh from Marseille:

"My wife was very happy to discover your kind letter on arrival, to learn from it that you are in good health. In your letter you tell me that you have worked a lot, that you have twelve canvases prepared, I hope that you will finish them in good health and that these unfortunate crises will not recur any more; I am pleased that you are in correspondence with your brother and that your return to Paris is almost decided, I am charmed by it."

Postman Joseph Roulin
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
81,3 x 65,4 cm
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

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