and from there
will come here. I am again longing very much for your coming,
and to know what you will think of the work that I have done
The last things I have done are two rather large studies of
ox wagons, a black ox and a red one.
I have also been working again on the old church steeple in
the fields, in the evening, of which I made a larger study than
the previous one, with the cornfields around it.
Rappard sent me back the book by Vosmaer which belongs to
you; I started reading it, and perhaps it is my fault, but I
think it awfully dull, and written in a regular academic,
sermonizing tone. Perhaps you will think so too when you read
Have you read Sapho by Daudet?
It is very beautiful, and so full of vigour, so “la
nature serré de près” [nature pressed
closely (to his heart)], that the heroine lives, breathes, and
one hears her voice, literally hears it, and
forgets one is reading.
When you come, you will also see some new weavers.
Nature is certainly very striking here; I am still much
pleased with the studio.
When you come, we must visit some farms and weaver's
In October Rappard intends to come back here, probably he is
now in Drenthe again.
Well, I am writing in rather a hurry, for I am up to my ears
in my work. I work a good deal early in the morning or in the
evening, and sometimes everything is so unutterably beautiful
Goodbye, believe me,
Yours sincerely, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 31 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written early August 1884 in Nuenen. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 373.
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