Letter T 37
Paris, 15 June 1890
My dear Vincent,
I am very pleased to see that the news about yourself goes
on being good, and that the courage to do your work is far from
It will be much easier for
you when your furniture has arrived, for then you might be able
to get a comrade to stay with you too. There is a Dutchman who
is going to call on you; he was recommended by De Bock
1, who had advised him to go to Fontainebleau, but
he doesn't like it. I don't know if he has any talent; he had
nothing to show me.
Lauzet came yesterday morning to see your pictures; he is
very busy with his Monticellis, which are to appear within some
ten days. He likes the “Portrait of a Woman” which you
did at Arles very much. As regards his
[Gauguin's] project with reference to Martinique, perhaps it is
what he needs, but if it depends wholly on a payment to be made
to an inventory, it is not very certain yet. Herewith enclosed
you will find a letter from him, which he asked me to send on
to you. Staying with Schuffenecker doesn't do him any good; he
is hardly doing any work, whereas Brittany inspires him. So it
is right that he should go away.
I give you Jo's greetings; I must hurry to finish this
letter, otherwise it will not go off today. She is a little
indisposed, but I hope it is nothing serious.
Theophile Emile Achille de Bock (1851-1904), Dutch
painter and graphic artist, and admirer of the Barbizon
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written 15 June 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number T37.
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