Yesterday I sent you a number of painted studies by post,
and today, Wednesday, a box marked V1 carriage-paid, containing
Please acknowledge receipt, and tell me at the same time if
the carriage was sufficiently prepaid. If not I should like to
know with a view to later parcels. If it was right, it costs me
not quite 2 guilders, which I think cheaper than when the
carriage is paid at Paris, and we can try it again some other
time, also with rather large dimensions.
I do not know what you will think of the picture, but be
careful not to order frames at once for this and for later
For the present we can use our money better making new
pictures. And let us only begin to frame them when we have a
small collection. At least, that's what I should like best.
What with the many small studies I make, the expenses are
indeed heavier than I can manage at present; I just had to pay
25 guilders for rent, too.
It was not yet completely dry when I packed it, but I
thought it could hardly be damaged.
I should have liked to work on it even longer, but because
of the sinking in and because I had already varnished it more
than once, I felt I had to leave it alone.
And I shall start a new thing at once.
My moving is over now. Those at home are hardly what you
imagine, and what they say is “that I followed my own
Well, never mind, I'd rather not talk about it.
I must set to work, so goodbye for today.
I have had two other stretchers made of the same size as
this canvas; I think if we have, say, three or four pictures of
a certain size, then it will be worth while to have a frame in
that size. But there is too much risk for a single one, and it
is better to paint a great deal.
Goodbye, with a handshake,
Ever yours, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 32 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 6 May 1885 in Nuenen. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 407.
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