This portrait of Armand Roulin, one of many of the Roulin family, offers an observation of character and celebration of colour combined. Painted during Van Gogh’s most productive—and most troubled—time of his life, the Roulins were probably the only friends that Van Gogh had during his time in Arles. Painted in the winter of 1888, Armand Roulin was the 17 year old son of the local postmaster. Van Gogh depicts his direct gaze, surrounded by vibrant, strong colours. The bold, passionate brushstrokes create an energetic and instantly recognisable image.
Using the powerful, robust palette of Van Gogh, we have created this uplifting, modern depiction to add to our Art Squared collection. Offering a pop of contemporary colour, these carefully chosen squares create an image of brightness and vivacity that is quite simply beautiful.
Width: 420mm (16.5”). Height: 588mm (23.1”).
Giclée print with pigment inks.
100% cotton, mould-made, 225gsm matt-finish archival paper.
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Prints are framed professionally, to order, by a Guild Commended Framer using archival-quality materials and usually ship within 7 working days.
We have chosen a simple wooden frame with a modern, black finish and the framed print is sealed at the back to prevent dust from entering. D-ring attachments and hanging cord are also fitted, so your print will arrive ready to hang.
High-quality acrylic is used in place of glass for all shipped orders. It is visibly identical, but should not be cleaned or polished with abrasives.
The price shown on this page includes shipping anywhere in the world, so no additional charge will be added at checkout. We package framed prints carefully to protect them from damage during shipping. Once shipped, we will send you a tracking number.
The overall dimensions of the frame are: Width = 450mm, Height = 618mm, Depth = 24mm. The frame itself is 22mm wide all around.
“Simplicity is the ultimate sophistication.”Leonardo da Vinci
The idea for Art Squared first came to me back when I was studying art history. Even though I loved classical paintings, I preferred a more modern aesthetic. And while decorating my home, I found that hanging copies of some of the old classics didn’t really work alongside contemporary décor. So I began to wonder if there was a way to capture some of what I loved about these works and render it in a modern form.
The result is Art Squared. The process is one of careful and deliberate abstraction to a grid of five by seven squares that seeks to capture the colours of the original work along with something of the composition. It is not a case of simply pixellating old paintings – which gives a crude result full of meaningless browns and greys – but rather a precise reframing and recolouring in order to create pleasing compositions that work on their own, irrespective of whether a viewer knows anything about the paintings on which they are based.
So, in making these prints, I didn’t feel burdened by the need to represent the original paintings too closely. I wanted to produce something new, albeit strongly inspired by art that’s old, familiar and loved.
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