My dear Theo,
Thank you for your letter and
Now I must tell you that I am working at 2 pictures of which
I want to make copies. The pink peach tree gives me the most
You see from the three squares on the other side of this
page that the three orchards make a series, more or less. I
have also just now a little pear tree, vertical, between two
horizontal canvases. That will make six canvases of orchards in
bloom. I am now trying every day to touch them up and give them
a certain unity.
I dare hope for three more, matching in the same way, but so
far they have got no further than embryos or fetuses.
I should like very much to do this series of nine canvases.
You see, we may consider this year's nine canvases as the first
idea for a definitive decoration a great deal bigger (this
present one consists of size 25 and 12 canvases), which would
be carried out along just the same lines next year at the same
Here is the other middle piece of the size 12 canvases. The
ground violet, in the background a wall with straight poplars
and a very blue sky. The little pear tree has a violet trunk
and white flowers, with a big yellow butterfly on one of the
clusters. To the left in the corner, a little
garden with a fence of yellow reeds, and green bushes, and a
flower bed. A little pink house. There now, you have the
details of this decoration scheme of orchards in bloom that I
have planned for you.
But the last three pictures exist only provisionally; they
should represent a very big orchard surrounded by cypresses and
great pear trees and apple trees.
The Pont de l'Anglais for you is coming along well, and will
be better than the study, I think. I am very anxious to get
back to work. As to the Guillaumin, surely it would be a good
bargain if it's possible to buy it. Only since they are talking
of a new method of fixing pastels, it would perhaps be wise to
ask him to fix it in this way if you do buy it.
With a handshake for you and Koning,
Ever yours, Vincent
I have had a letter from Bernard with some sonnets he has
concocted and some of them really come off quite well. He'll
manage to write a good sonnet yet: a thing I could very nearly
As soon as the Pont de l'Anglais and the copy of the other
picture, the pink peach tree, are dry, I'll send them off.
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written c. 13 April 1888 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 477.
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