Portrait of the Postman Armand Roulin (1888)

Joseph Roulin, was Vincent’s most dedicated friend during his stay in Arles, France. Shortly after Vincent had cut off a piece of his ear, Roulin got a better job at the post office of Marseille and moved with his family in 1889. Shortly before his death in 1903 Joseph Roulin heard the first rumors about the success of his friend, Vincent van Gogh.