My dear Theo,
With great pleasure I received your letter and the rough draft of the
letter to Tersteeg and the 50-fr. note.
Your letter to Tersteeg was just right in the draft; I hope
you won't have to chop it about too much when you make the fair
I have had a letter from Gauguin which says that he has been
sick in bed for a fortnight [GAC 28]. That he is on the rocks since he has
had to pay some noisy creditors. That he wants to know if you have
sold anything for him, but he can't write to you for fear of
bothering you. He is so pressed for a little money that he
would be ready to reduce the price of his paintings even
The only thing I can do in this business is to write to
Russell, and I am going to do this today.
And after all we have already tried to make Tersteeg buy
one. But what is to be done? He must be hard pressed. I send
you a line for him in case you have anything to write him
about, only you must open any letters that come from him for me, because
in that way you will know the contents sooner, and save me the
trouble of repeating them to you. I'm telling you this once and
Would you risk taking his marine for the firm? If that were
possible, he would be safe for the moment.
It is a very good thing that you have taken in young Koning,
I am so glad that you are not going to be alone in your
apartment. In Paris one is always as down in the mouth as a cab
horse, and if on top of that one has to stay all alone in the
stable, it's too much.
For the exhibition of the Independents, do as you think best.
What do you say to showing the two big landscapes
of the butte Montmartre? It is
all more or less the same to me. I am counting rather more on
the work from this year.
Down here it is freezing hard and there is still snow
in the countryside. I have a study of a white landscape
with the town in the background. Then 2
small studies of an almond-tree branch already in flower in spite
So much for today. I am also going to write a note to
Indeed I am very glad that you wrote to Tersteeg, and
I hope that this will mean a revival of your business relations
With a handshake to you and to the comrades you happen
Ever yours, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 34 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written c. 3 March 1888 in Arles. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number 466.
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