Paris, 3 January 1890
My dear Vincent,
Your letter was a pleasant surprise to me, for after
receiving a note from Mr. Peyron, I dared not hope that you
would be able to write, and I will not conceal from you that it
grieved me very much.
It is curious that it overtook you exactly one year after
your first attack, and it proves that you must be always on
your guard. So, for instance, if you know that it is dangerous
for you to have colours near you, why don't you clear them away
for a time, and make drawings? Like the other times, this
crisis may be followed by another one, though it may be much
less violent. I think that at such moments you would do better
not to work with colours. After some time there will be nothing
to prevent your starting again.
There is a misunderstanding about the consignment to
Brussels. The worthy Dr. Peyron made a mistake when he read my
letter. The pictures were ready in time, and will be sent off
today. What I asked was whether you wanted to include some
drawings. To return once again to what I just said, if you do
not work with colours for a while, nothing will prevent you
from making drawings.
Wil has been staying with us since last night; she is
looking well, and brought good news from home; your letter gave
Mother a great deal of pleasure. 1
I have had no news from Gauguin. He is very happy because De
Haan is with him, for the latter pays for his whole maintenance
and for his paints, but I don't know whether he will be able to
go on forever. I hope you are feeling better already, and that
the disease will not return.
Kindest regards from Jo and Wil. Be of good heart and take
care of yourself.
1. See Vincent's letter 622.
At this time, Vincent was 36 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written 3 January 1890 in Saint-Rémy. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number T23.
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