Paris, 3 July 1890
My dear Vincent,
Many thanks for your letter. Happily, mine contains good
news of the little one. After some days of suffering he is
beginning to be merry again and not to cry so much. This is due
to the good ass's milk we are giving him now. The animals come
to the door, and in the morning he gets warm milk, always
from the same animal. After that there remains enough for two
portions which he gets alternately with his mother's milk,
which is now coming in abundance. At the moment he is
looking very well.
It is necessary for him to take ass's milk for at least 15
days, so we shall not be able to go visit Pissarro on July 14.
Therefore I have reserved this day to go see Claude Monet
with Valadon, who will be sure to annoy me that day, but I am
glad to be going to see the new works by Monet.
There is no reason for you to put off your
visit - not that we didn't appreciate your willingness to come
share our troubles; on the contrary; many thanks for that, but
with a patient in the house the fewer visitors the better. So
come if you want on Sunday by the first train; in the morning you
will see Walpole Brook, who has just seen your paintings at
Tangui's. Afterwards we are going to look at a Japanese
Buddha that I have seen at a curio dealer's, and then will lunch at
home and look at your studies with you. You can stay with us as
long as you like, and you can advise us with regard to
the arrangement of our new apartment.
Probably Dries and Annie will take the ground
floor, and they will have a little garden, which we shall make
good use of, of course. If the two women can hit it off, it
promises well. It is quite possible that Dries will join us. I
have been quite lucky in business, although my painting sales
do not amount to 800,000,000,000 frs., but among other
things I have sold two Gauguins, for which I sent him the
money. Pissarro wrote to tell me that he could not pay his
rent; I shall send him a little advance upon the business we
are going to do. It is true, his exhibition brought in
something, but it is only enough to plug the leaks. He has an
abscess in one eye. Poor old fellow.
Good-by, brother, we count on seeing you on Sunday.
Kindest regards from Jo, and the little one is smiling as
before his illness. A cordial handshake from your brother who
Regards to Dr. Gachet and family.
The sketch of the landscape in the manner of Michel is
promising [JH 2039], and the portrait must be superb.
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written 3 July 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number T40.
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