Letter T 4
Paris, 16 March 18891
My dear brother,
I hear that you are not better yet, which causes me a good
deal of grief. I so wish you could tell me how you are feeling,
for there is nothing more distressing than this uncertainty,
and if you could tell me how things are with you, I might be
able to do something sooner to give you solace. You have done
so much for me that it is a great sorrow for me to know that,
precisely at this time when in all probability I am going to
have days of happiness with my dear Jo, you are passing through
days of misery. She had the fond idea that, by reason of her
wanting to live my life as much as possible, you might have
been a brother to her, as you have always been to me. We hope
from the bottom of our hearts that you will be able to recover
your health completely, and that you will be able to resume
your work within a short time.
While arranging my new apartment it is such a pleasure for
me to look at your pictures. They make the rooms so gay, and
there is such an intensity of truth, of the true countryside in
them, in each one of them. It is really as you used to say now
and then of certain pictures of other artists - that they give
the impression of having been reaped directly from the
If it were not so far away, I should certainly have come to
see you, but I don't have the time for that, and I ask myself
if my visit would be of any use to you.
Signac intends to go to the South within a short time. He
will go see you. I am now having an exhibition of Claude Monet
at the gallery; it is very successful. It will not be long
before the public will be asking for pictures of the new
school, for they certainly stir up the public mind. If you can,
you would be most kind if you would give me, or let someone
give me, news about you, for apart from the letters from
Messrs. Rey and Salles, I know nothing about you.
I wish you better health, and remain your brother who loves
See Vincent's letter 579.
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written 16 March 1889 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number T4.
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