Enclosed you will find a little sketch of a larger
watercolour. I also started another one with many more figures,
the last summer guests on the beach - an evening effect.
I do not know whether I shall be able to carry it out, but
we must do what we can and struggle on until we reach our goal.
The large one which I sent you a sketch of in my last letter is
I am sure you would like the things I am doing now. What you
would notice at once, as I do, is that I need a lot of
figure studies; therefore I am working with all my strength
and have a model almost every day.
I have made even more studies of the old men, and this week
I also hope to have a woman from the almshouse, but I am badly
in need of some money; so many things are necessary. I also owe
I can't get that churchyard with the wooden crosses out of
my mind. Perhaps I shall make some studies of it beforehand. I
should like to make it in the snow - a peasant's burial or the
like - in short, an effect like the enclosed sketch of
miners. To complete the seasons, I am sending
you a little sketch of the spring and another
of the fall; they came into my mind while I was making the
How beautiful it is outside now! I try my best to catch the
autumn effects. I am writing you in a great hurry. I can assure
you those compositions with figures are no joke, and I am deep
in my work. It is like weaving - one needs all one's attention
to keep the threads apart - one must manage to keep an eye on
several things at once.
The little drawing of the beach is more finished than the
others because it has served me when doing the large one,
whereas the others are less watercolour.
Well, I certainly hope that your own pocket is not too
empty. Nature is so beautiful these days that I really must put
some of it on paper.
Adieu, write as soon as possible, and believe me,
Yours sincerely, Vincent
[Sketch JH 227 enclosed with the letter]
At this time, Vincent was 29 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 8 October 1882 in The Hague. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 236.
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