June 1888. Oil on canvas. Private collection. Read Note.
Zonave Milliet, an infantry soldier from Algeria, was the first Vincent’s model in Arles. Milliet was on vacation in Arles. He took painting lessons from van Gogh and accompanied him on walks. Later he characterized van Gogh in his remark: “This young man who shows both talent and good taste in his drawings becomes abnormal as soon as he touches a brush’