I want to tell you that Rappard has been here some ten days,
and that he sends you his best regards.
As you can imagine, we paid many a visit to the weavers, and
took many a trip to all kinds of beautiful spots.
He was greatly pleased with the scenery here, which I too am
beginning to like more and more.
As he has brought the pen-and-ink drawings with him, I can
send them to you now.
Since I made them, though it is a relatively short time ago,
I have somewhat changed my technique.
Recently I have done nothing but paint.
And I am curious to know whether you will find something in
it when you come.
Last winter you wrote that in my watercolours of that time
you found some parts which you thought more satisfactory in
colour and tone than before. And you said something like
“if you stick to that.”
Now you will certainly see how very decidedly I shall stick
to that, and how the qualities of those watercolours are even
more emphasized in what I have painted since.
Just now I finished a figure of a weaver standing in front
of a loom, and one sees the machine in the background.
And I am working on a view of the pond at the back of our
garden! Rappard has made here a little study of a weaver, which
I like very much, and a bust of a girl spooling yarn.
While he was here, I also made a weaver's cottage in the
evening, again in the style of those cottages in Drenthe.
Rappard is going to paint a large picture of the fish market
in Utrecht, with many figures.
I hope I shall be able to show you some of his work when you
come here this summer. For he has promised to send me some of
his things, as I shall do with mine, in order to have at least
an idea of what each of us are doing.
I am very much pleased with the new studio, it is large and
quite dry. I hope to hear from you soon, for the new studio has
caused many expenses. But of course it is a great advantage not
to have to pay for my board and lodging; otherwise I should
not have been able to paint as much as I have recently.
And when you come, you will see that this has helped me to make
At least this was Rappard's opinion, with whom I should not
like to change places at present, as regards colour.
Goodbye, write soon, and believe me, with a handshake,
Yours sincerely, Vincent
The drawing Weaver is the drawing of the machine out
of that picture I am working on; apart from the machinery there
is also something of the effects, and light and brown, of the
loom, etc., in it. But please don't think that this is
the general effect of the painting. For the painting isn't so
At this time, Vincent was 31 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written late May 1884 in Nuenen. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 369.
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