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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Arles, c. 13 April 1889
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"La Crau with Peach Trees in Blossom," Vincent van Gogh
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"View of Arles with Trees in Blossom," Vincent van Gogh
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My dear Theo,

I am rather surprised that you have not written to me once during these days. However, as on the previous occasion when you went to Holland, it is mostly accidental.

I hope that everything has gone off well with you.

And I still need:

12

Zinc white

Big tubes

1

Vermilion

Big tubes

1

Emerald

4

Malachite green

2

Cobalt

3

Chrome 1

2

ultramarine

1

Chrome 11

2

Geranium lake

Medium tubes

I have six studies of the spring, two of them big orchards. It is very urgent, because these effects are so short-lived.

So write me by return mail. I've taken an apartment consisting of two little rooms (at 6 to 8 francs per month, water included) belonging to M. Rey. It is certainly not expensive but nothing like as nice as the other studio.

But before I could manage the move or send you some canvases, I had to pay the other proprietor. And that is why I have been more or less surprised at your not sending anything. But no matter.

Hoping again that everything to do with your marriage has gone off to your liking, and wishing you and your wife much happiness from the bottom of my heart.

Ever yours, Vincent

Signac asked me to join him at Cassis, but seeing that we have enough expenses without that, whatever I do or whatever you do, it was unthinkable.

6

Cobalt

large

tubes

2

Orange lead

large

Tubes

6

Ultramarine

1

Yellow ochre

6

Malachite green

6

Zinc white

6

Emerald green

6

Flake white

6

Vermilion

6

Prussian blue

6

Chrome 1 citron

6

Geranium lake

6

“ 2 “

6

Carmine

6

“ 3 “

6

Ordinary lake


At this time, Vincent was 36 year old
Source:
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written c. 13 April 1889 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 584.
URL: http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/19/584.htm.

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