Auvers-sur-Oise, 24 or 25 June 1890
My dear Theo,
Many thanks for your letter and for the 50-franc note it
contained. The exchange you have made with Bock is very good,
and I am very curious to see what he is doing now.
I hope that Jo is better, as you say that she has been
indisposed. Certainly you must come here as soon as possible;
nature is very, very beautiful here and I am longing to see you
M. Peyron wrote to me two days ago, enclosed is his letter.
I told him that I thought about 10 francs for the servants
would be enough.
The canvases have arrived now from there; the irises
are quite dry and I hope you will find
something in it, and there are also the roses,
a field of wheat, a little
canvas with mountains and finally a cypress with a star.
This week I have done a portrait of a girl of about 16, in
blue against a blue background, the daughter of the people I
am lodging with. I have given her this portrait,
but I made a variant of it for you, a size 15 canvas.
Then I have a long canvas one meter by just 50 centimeters high,
of wheat fields, and one which makes a pendant,
of undergrowth, lilac poplar trunks and below them
grass with flowers, pink, yellow, white and various greens.
Lastly, an evening effect - two pear trees all
black against a yellowing sky, with some wheat, and in the
violet background the château surrounded by somber
The Dutchman works quite diligently, but still has many
illusions about the originality of his way of seeing
things. He is doing studies somewhat like those Koning did, a
little grey, a little green, with a red roof and a whitish
What is one to say in a case like this? If he has money,
then certainly he would do well to paint, but if he has to intrigue
a lot to make sales, I pity him because he does paintings like
the others because they buy them at a relatively excessive
price. He will get there though, if only he works diligently
every day. But alone or with painters who work little, he won't
come to much, I think.
I hope to do the portrait of Mlle. Gachet next week, and
perhaps I shall have a country girl pose too.
A little later on I should very much like to come to Paris
for several days just to go and look up Quost and Jeannin and
one or two others. I should very much like you to have a Quost,
and there might probably be some way of exchanging one. Gachet
came today to look at the canvases of the Midi. Good
luck with the little one and a good handshake in thought to you and Jo.
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 24 or 25 June 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number 644.
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