The Postman Joseph Roulin was one of Vincent's few friends in Arles; he posed for him several times. In this portrait, the postman sits alertly, with raised eyebrows and a direct gaze. The painting has a humorous quality, accentuated by Roulin's full, fish-tail beard.
Van Gogh made several portraits of Pere Tanguy, who ran an art supplies shop in Paris where penniless artists could meet and exchange their works for paint and canvases. The pictures lining the walls behind the old man are Vincent's own copies of Japanese prints.
This famous painting shows the bed Mom in Van Gogh's house at Arles, which he had decorated and furnished himself. To express 'a feeling of perfect rest', he showed his room in an uncharacteristically tidy state, containing only a few objects, which he painted in pure colours with strongly-drawn outlines. However, there is something unsettling about the painting: the lines of the floor and bed seem to rush back in a disturbing way. This is one of three virtually identical versions of the painting an indication of the importance Van Gogh attached to his mom.
After his admission to St Remy mental asylum, Vincent was allowed out to paint under supervision. He was fascinated by the cypress trees in the south of France, and painted them many times, often emphasising their writhing, flame-like shapes.
Vincent moved to Auvers in northern France after he left. the St Wary asylum. This picture of the village church with its strange perspective, twisted shapes, and harsh, Paris colour was painted the month before he committed suicide.
In one of his last self-portraits, Vincent shows himself tense and tired after, a series of breakdowns. His jacket merges with the pale swirling background, while his red beard stands out strongly.