Van Gogh’s portraits inspire new stamps

Postzegelvel portretten Van Gogh

The Hague, 28 July 2015 - PostNL is commemorating the 125th anniversary of the death of Vincent Van Gogh with a special series of stamps. On 29 July, the exact anniversary of his death, PostNL will be presenting the latest stamps in the series ‘Vincent van Gogh 1853-1890’. All of these stamps feature portraits of Van Gogh.

The portraits shown on the ten stamps include such famous works as ‘Head of a Peasant Woman’, ‘The Lover’, and ‘Portrait of Joseph Roulin’, who worked as a postal worker at the Arles station. Earlier this year, stamps in the Van Gogh series featured such themes as landscapes, peasant life and city & village, all of which were topics that inspired Van Gogh in his work as a painter. The paintings depicted on the stamps are all part of the collection of the Van Gogh Museum and the Kröller-Müller Museum. 

Tribute complete 

“With the stamps issued earlier this year, it became clear that this master painter is more popular than ever before. Van Gogh created nearly 900 paintings. We chose sixty of them to depict on stamps. The most recent stamps complete the tribute,” says PostNL Marketing Director Ludo Voorn. 


The ten Van Gogh stamps with the portrait theme are marked ‘Nederland 1’, the denomination for items up to 20g in weight destined for mail within the Netherlands. The stamps in the rest of the series can be purchased throughout the country at all PostNL post offices, all Bruna shops and through In addition to the stamps for mail within the Netherlands, four stamp sheets will also be available for international mail. These are available from The stamps are valid for an unlimited period.