Augustine Roulin, 1889. Her husband Roulin had been Van Gogh's closest and most constant friend in Aries. This painting of Augustine Roulin had been started before Van Gogh's self-mutilation and on his return home he was eager to finish it before Roulin left for Marseille. The maternal image of the wife and mother was to suggest consolation, and had been inspired both by the artist's own despair and by a novel about fishermen that Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin had discussed before his departure.
In direct contrast with Sargent, Wyeth painted portraits of people in his part of the world-- people that were hard, lived-in, without any pretension. Andrew Wyeth “Anna Kuerner” Tempera on panel Time spent with .