I was at Van der Weele's last Sunday. I saw a picture
of his there that was by far the most beautiful of his work
that I know. It represented some sand carts near the edge of a
canal or ditch - “In the Mist.” The subject, as
well as the conception and execution, showed some affinity,
perhaps, with Mauve's work. 1 It was done in the
same vein, but had enough personality to be absolutely
original, and distinctly his. The size was rather large. I am
telling you this in order to state that in my opinion Van der
Weele is one of the “rising men.” I wish you knew
him personally; I think the wood engravings might easily lead
to your getting acquainted. Either you could - sooner or later
- take the sheets in question (the Herkomer, I mean, and what
you may find besides) to him, or you could let him have them
through me as intermediary, allowing me to mention that you are
the donor, and to tell him that you have already seen some of
his work and would like to get in touch with him - or something
of the sort. I mean, in short, that if you could come into
contact with him somehow, you would find him a man you'd like
to keep in touch with, and you'd probably become real
I sent you a roll of wood engravings today; they are the
double-page engravings from the Graphic. I have some
more, but some of them are unsuitable for rolling because tears
in them have been repaired and they are mounted, and there are
also less important ones. But first of all these are sheets I
am sure you don't have, and they are such besides that, if you
should have them, I could give them to Van der Weele. So
please check whether or not you have them, and if so return
You can select the other ones later on; but seeing that, if
you should come here, we should need all our time for other
things too, I think it advisable to look over the most
important wood engravings in this way. Then that part of the
job at least is finished.
As soon as I have time I shall sort out the smaller ones too
provisionally and send you those which I think you don't have
for closer verification. For the present I am including only
two of the smaller Lançons, which, as they are French,
might slip my memory when I sort out the Graphics later on, and
which you would undoubtedly like to have - unless you have them
already. Isn't the “Boarding School” by Hol superb?
And “Ploughing” and “Claxton [Caxton]
Printing” by Small?
You are no doubt having winter weather again in Utrecht.
Herewith a little scratch from my window. I think it such an
enormously pleasant thing to be sitting by the fire in the
twilight, looking out the window at a landscape in the
Adieu, old fellow, a handshake in thought - write soon and
Ever yours, Vincent
See letter 274 to Theo.
At this time, Vincent was 29 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Anthon van Rappard. Written 21-28 March 1883 in The Hague. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number R31.
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