Diego Tonus (1984, Pordenone) responded with 'Self-Portrait as a Postman' to Vincent van Gogh's letter from 14 July 1885.
Diego Tonus leaves his studio regularly to gather inspiration for new projects. He sometimes takes temporary jobs and once worked as a postman. He had never used that experience in his art until he was asked to contribute to this exhibition. He sent a photograph of himself as a postman to the Netherlands, with a message for Van Gogh on the back.
Van Gogh, too, believed that artists should venture out into the real world, as he wrote in letter 515:
‘But just go and sit outdoors, painting on the spot itself! Then all sorts of things like the following happen – I must have picked a good hundred flies and more off the 4 canvases that you’ll be getting, not to mention dust and sand &c.’
Tonus’s art work also refers to the postman Joseph Roulin from Arles, of whom Van Gogh made several striking portraits.