Arles, 13 November 1888
Goupil & Co.
Boussod Valadon & Cie.
Successeurs 19 Boulevard Montmartre Paris
Adr. télégr.: Boussoval Paris
13 November 1888
Dear Mr. Gauguin,
It will probably please you to learn that your pictures are
having a great success. Even before I received my brother's
letters I had them mounted on adjustable stretchers, and for
showing the size 30 canvases I have taken a very fine white
frame of unpainted wood, in which they show up very well. Degas
is so enthusiastic about your works that he
is speaking about them to a lot of people, and he is going to
buy the canvas representing a spring landscape, with a meadow
with two female figures in the foreground, the one sitting and
the other standing.
Now there are two canvases definitely sold. One is in the
uptight landscape with two dogs in a meadow, the other one a
pool by the side of the road. As there is a combination of
exchange, I am quoting that first one net for you at 375
francs, and the other one at 225 francs. I could also sell the
ring of Breton girls, but there will have to be a small
retouch. The hand of the little girl which almost touches the
frame acquires an importance it doesn't seem to have when you
look at the picture as a whole. The would-be buyer wants you to
revise the shape of that hand a little, but without altering
anything else whatever in the picture. It seems to me that this
will not be difficult for you, and so I am sending you the
canvas. He will give 500 francs for the picture all complete
with a frame that will cost nearly 100 francs. Please consider
whether you can comply with his wishes, and whether you want to
close the bargain.
I was happy to hear that you are getting on well together,
and that you have been able to start work immediately. I should
like to be with you two. Is your health improving now?
A hearty handshake and cordially yours,
T. van Gogh
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Paul Gauguin. Written 13 November 1888 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number T3a.
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