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Vincent van Gogh Paintings from the Yellow House


Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle (La Berceuse) by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh's Madame Roulin Rocking the                              Cradle (La Berceuse) (oil on canvas, 36-1/2x28-3/4                                            inches) is part of the Helen Birch Bartlett Collection                                            at the Art Institute of Chicago.
Vincent van Gogh's Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle (La Berceuse) (oil on canvas, 36-1/2x28-3/4 inches) is part of the Helen Birch Bartlett Collection at the Art Institute of Chicago.

Vincent van Gogh painted Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle (La Berceuse) in 1889, shortly after he found a nearly finished portrait of the postman's wife in his studio. Seated in the armchair, holding a rope that was attached to her infant's cradle, Vincent van Gogh regarded Madame Roulin Rocking the Cradle (La Berceuse) as soothing, a "lullaby in colors."

In the form of the caring mother, Vincent saw the embodiment of consolation, and he imagined La Berceuse (The Lullaby) presented as a triptych with a sunflower still life on either side.

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ABOUT THE AUTHOR:

Debra N. Mancoff, Ph.D., is an art historian and lecturer and the author of numerous books on nineteenth-century European and American painting, including Publication International, Ltd.'s, Monet and Impressionism. Other titles include Sunflowers, Monet's Garden in Art, Van Gogh: Fields and Flowers, and Mary Cassatt: Reflections of Women's Lives. Ms. Mancoff is a scholar in residence at the Newberry Library.