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Unraveled the mystery of the "Gardener" Van Gogh

Historians have figured out the name of the man who posed for Vincent van Gogh for the "Portrait of a Gardener", now owned by the National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. He was identified by the recollections of a medic who worked in the shelter of Saint-Paul-de-Mausol in 1889 - 1890, where the artist was a patient.The Van Gogh painting depicts an energetic young man with a friendly facial expression, in bright clothes, standing confidently against a background of green meadow. The background for it is a garden, laid out at the shelter.
Portrait Portrait is a realistic genre depicting a person or a group of people existing in reality. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Read further was one of the mysteries for experts on the work of Van Gogh. When the canvas was first shown to the public in 1908, the model was described as “le jardinier” (gardener). Later he was called a farmer, peasant or reaper. And until now, attempts to find out his identity have failed.Gardener Vincent Van GoghSeptember 1889, 61 × 50 cm However, an unpublished note by Louis Poulet about his grandfather Francois, who died in 1954, was recently discovered at the Estrin Museum in Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Francois Poulet served as an orderly and cab driver at the shelter when Van Gogh was there. He often accompanied the artist for the territory, so that he could write the Provencal landscape. The development of the genre from antiquity to the present day: how did religion and the invention of oil painting techniques contribute to the formation of the genre in Europe and why is the Hudson River so important? Read more . As Louis writes, the grandfather told him that the portrait depicted Jean Barral.
It seems to be true. Jean Barral was born on January 21, 1861. During his marriage in 1887 in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, he was recorded as “cultivateur” (farmer), and at the birth of his daughter in 1890, as “un journalier” (working man). Therefore, it is possible that he worked in the gardens or on the shelter fields. In the year when the picture was painted, he was 28 years old, which corresponds to the age of the person depicted on the canvas.

Left: Francois Poulet (sitting in the right corner) with friends. Photo: Musée Estrine, Saint-Rémy-de-Provence
The family of Poulet, in which his name was preserved, lived for several generations near a shelter. According to their note, art historian Martin Bailey tracked the story of Jean Barral. He was the son of Jean-Pierre, an itinerant basketkeeper, and was born at one o'clock "in his cart" six kilometers north of Saint-Remy de Provence.

In the portrait, Jean looks like the epitome of young optimism, but he had to undergo a ordeal. On May 10, 1890, his wife gave birth to her first child — a girl named Adeline. Unfortunately, the baby died in just five days. The death occurred on the eve of the departure of Van Gogh from the shelter, so the artist may never have learned about the trauma that his friend suffered. Jean Barral died in 1942.
In 1998, portrait Portrait is a realistic genre, depicting an existing person or group of people. The portrait - in the French reading - portrait, from the old French portraire - "reproduce something line in line." Another facet of the name of the portrait lies in the outdated word "parsuna" - from the Latin. persona - "person; person". Armed robbers stole from the National Gallery of Modern Art, but only a few weeks later, police found him wrapped in a blanket and hidden under a bed in an apartment near by. The work is now leased to the Van Gogh Foundation in Arles for the exhibition Hot Sun, Later Sun. Crazy Modernism "(until October 28).National Gallery of Modern Art in Rome. Photo: Wikipedia Barbara Tomassi, the curator of the museum in Rome, said that the information about the proposed model was “really interesting, new and deserves further study.” She called Barral's identification “plausible,” but added that she needed to look at the evidence. Arthiv: read us in Telegram and look on Instagram
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