Saint-Rémy, 7 December 1889
My dear Theo,
Yesterday I sent off by post three packages, containing
studies which I hope will reach you safely.
Among the studies you will find the following which are for
Mother and our sister: “Olives”,
“Ploughing”, “Wheat Field with
Cypresses”, “Orchard in Blossom”,
“Portrait”. The rest are mostly studies of autumn,
and I think that the best is the yellow mulberry tree
against a bright blue sky - then the study of the
house and the park, of which there are two variations. The
studies, size 30 canvases, were not yet dry, and will follow
later. They are giving me a lot of trouble, and sometimes I
think they are very ugly, sometimes they seem good to me;
perhaps you will have the same impression when you see them.
There are a dozen of them, so it is more considerable than what
I have just sent.
I have gone on working outside till now in spite of the
cold, and I think it is doing me good, and the work too.
The last study I did is a view of the village, where they
were at work - under some enormous plane trees - repairing the
pavements. So there are heaps of sand, stones and gigantic
trunks - the leaves yellowing and here and there you get a
glimpse of a house front and small figures.
. I hope you are well. For myself I
have nothing to complain of, I am feeling absolutely normal, so
to speak, but without an idea for the future, and really I do
not know what is going to happen, and perhaps I rather avoid
facing this question, feeling that I can do nothing about
I have also finished the copy of the “Diggers”
or nearly so.
If I want to send this letter off today, I must hurry, so a
handshake in thought and kindest regards to Jo.
At this time, Vincent was 36 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 7 December 1889 in Saint-Rémy. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 618.
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