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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 15 May 1888)
... Cezanne's which I know render this very well, and I am sorry ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(12 or 13 June 1888)
My dear Theo, I am dropping you another line as your letter hasn't come yet. But I suppose you thought I would probably be in S tes -Maries. Since the rent of the house and the painting of the doors and windows and the purchases of canvases all came at the same time, I've run out, and you would be doing me a very great kindness if you could send me the money a few days earlier. I am working on a landscape with wheat fields which, I think, is as good as, say, the white orchard . It is in the same style as the two landscapes of the Butte Montmartre which were at the Indépendants, but I think it is more robust and rather more stylish. And I have another subject, a farm and some haystacks , which will probably be the pendant. I am very curious to know what Gauguin plans to do. I hope he'll be able to come. You will tell me that it's pointless to think about the future, but the painting is progressing slowly and where that's concerned you do have to plan ahead. If I sold no more than a few canvases, that would be ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Emile Bernard
(24 June 1888)
My dear Bernard, I don't know what I stuffed into my letter of yesterday instead of the enclosed sheet bearing on your last sonnet. The fact is that I am so worn out by work that in the evening, though writing is restful for me, I am like a machine out of gear, so much, on the other hand, has a day spent in the full sun tired me out. That's why I stuffed another sheet into my letter instead of this one. Reading over yesterday's sheet, my Lord, I'm sending it to you just as it is, it seems legible to me, and so I'm sending it to you. A day of hard toil again today. If you saw my canvases, what would you say of them? You won't find the almost timid, conscientious brush stroke of Cézanne in them. But as I am now painting the same landscape, la Crau and Camargue - though at a slightly different spot - there may well remain certain connections in it in the matter of colour. What do I know about it? I couldn't help thinking of Cézanne from time to time, at exactly those moments when I realized how clumsy his ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Emile Bernard
(c. 17 July 1888)
My dear friend Bernard, I've just sent you another 9 sketches after painted studies. So you'll see subjects from the scenery that inspires old man Cézanne, because the Crau near Aix is almost the same as the countryside round Tarascon or the Crau here. The Camargue is even plainer, for often there is nothing, nothing, other than poor soil and tamarisk bushes and the coarse grass that is to these bare pastures what esparto grass is to the desert. Knowing how keen you are on Cézanne, I thought you might like these sketches of Provence; not that a drawing of mine and one by Cézanne have much in common. No, indeed, any more than Monticelli and I! But I too love the countryside they have loved so much, and for the same reasons, the colour and the logical composition. My dear friend Bernard, by collaboration I did not mean to say that I think two or more painters would have to work on the same pictures. What I was driving at was paintings that differ from one another yet go together and ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 19 July 1888)
My dear Theo, Many thanks for your letter, which gave me great pleasure, arriving just exactly at the moment when I was still dazed with the sun and the strain of wrestling with a rather big canvas. I have a new drawing of a garden full of flowers , and two painted studies as well. I must send you a new order for paints and canvas, rather a heavy one. Only it is not at all urgent. What really might be urgent is the canvas, because I have a batch of stretchers that I have taken the studies out of, and I ought to be putting new canvas on them between times. You will see from this sketch the subject of the new studies. There is one vertical and another horizontal of the same subject, size 30 canvases. There really is a subject for a picture in it, as in other studies that I have. And I truly can't tell if I shall ever paint pictures that are peaceful and quietly worked out, for it seems to me it will always be headlong. Have you had any news of Gauguin? I wrote him myself last week to ask how his health was and how ...

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