I enclose a little note because the others are writing to
you and I thought you would like to hear what I am actually
Every day that it does not rain, I go out in the fields,
generally to the heath. I make my studies on a rather large
scale, like the few you saw at the time of your visit; so I
have done, among other things, a cottage on the heath,
and also that barn with a thatched roof on the road to
Roozendaal, which locally they call the Protestant barn.
You will perhaps remember what I mean.
Then the mill right opposite it, in the meadow,
and the elm trees in the churchyard.
And another of woodcutters, busy on a wide patch of ground
where a large pine tree has been cut down. I also try to draw
the implements, such as a wagon, plough, harrow, wheelbarrow,
The one with the woodcutters turned out best of all, and I
think you would like it.
I have had a letter from Rappard; perhaps he will come here
some time this summer.
A handshake in thought, and believe me,
Yours sincerely, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 28 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written May 1881 in Etten. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 145.
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