Paris, 8 January 1890
My dear Vincent,
When I wrote you last time I did so under the impression I
received from Dr. Peyron's first letter. I am very glad to hear
that things are not so bad as this letter made me believe, and
he himself wrote me another letter to tell me that things had
turned out quite differently from the way he had expected at
first. In his first letter he gave me to understand that it was
dangerous for you to go on painting, as the colours were poison
to you, but he went a little too far, which might have been due
to his having relied on unverified rumours, as he himself was
ill at the time. So let's hope that you may continue working as
you think fit. I suppose Tasset sent you a new consignment of
paints and canvas. I received your new batch last night; it is
very remarkable. Do you know, one of the things I like most is
that “Evening” after Millet.
Copied in such a way, it is no longer a copy. There is tone in
it, and it is so full of air. It is really very successful.
1 As for the other canvases, I very much like the
one of those women clambering over the rocks,
and the highway with the road menders. I think
there is more atmosphere in these last works, more distance
than in the preceding ones. Perhaps this is due to your not
laying on your paint so thickly everywhere. In one of the rolls
there was a superb pen drawing representing a fountain in a
garden; next Sunday I am going to meet
Lauzet, who will admire them very much - I am sure of that.
I agree with you that it might be a good thing for you to
come here next spring, and then you can decide to go into the
country after a while if life here doesn't suit you. Here there
will always be the difficulty that you cannot work in the open
air, but we shall see, and in any case we shall always be happy
to have you with us for some time.
Jo's confinement is expected to take place between the first
and the fifteenth of February, and after that her mother will
stay on for about a month, but after her departure the little
room will be free and at your disposal. Jo is in very good
health, and does not feel much discomfort on account of her
pregnancy. The doctor believes that everything will go well.
When Wil arrived she had such a cold that she had to stay in
bed this morning, but I hope that if she takes care of herself
for a day or two, she will be all right again. It was very kind
of Mr. Salles to go and see you. I wrote him a letter on New
Year's Day, but I did not venture to ask him to call on you. I
am very glad that the crisis passed off so quickly this
Be of good heart, and kind regards from Jo and Wil; a
cordial handshake and many thanks for what you sent, which we
liked very much.
See Vincent's letter 623.
At this time, Vincent was 36 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written 8 January 1890 in Saint-Rémy. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number T24.
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