It's still misery for - may I say it? - us other
impressionists. I tried the overdoors 1 again at
Mme. Boivin's, but she says it is her husband and he says it is
she who does not want them, even after having read your letter,
he did not want me to hang a painting very high so that he
might judge the effect. Thus I can do only one thing, which is
to send you the enclosed 500 francs in advance on the business
that we will do and we will do a lot, that is said and
promised, if you will just take good care of yourself and
care for your eye.
I have had great difficulties; we almost lost our little
child. Cow's milk in Paris is poisoned by the dirty food and
bad treatment of these animals. Donkey's milk has saved him and
at the moment he is better and even thriving. But you can well
understand that we must not travel at the present time. It is
therefore not possible that we offer ourselves the pleasure of
all three of us coming to visit you. But since on the
14th of this month I must be at Monet's with M.
Valadon, I am inviting myself, along with my brother-in-law
2 and perhaps with my brother Vincent, to come and
spend that day with you. We will sleep anywhere, so don't worry
about it. To see the great artist in his home and surroundings
will give me pleasure.
When Miss Rogers comes, I shall show her all my [Pissarro]
paintings. When she came she asked me, referring to Monet,
“If I bought a small painting of his, do you think he
would give me some lessons?” I told her the story about
the young man going to show him his studies and saying to him,
“Ah, M. Monet, I admire your paintings so much, they all
have the character of being made from nature.” “If
you have seen that, then what is it that you come to do in my
house?” was his reply. She did not dare ask him the same
thing and she cooled off. She must buy a painting of
yours and not the least expensive. She ought to be able to
afford a fine painting at the customary price and she must not
let us down.
Best regards from me and my wife, also to Mme. Pissarro.
When you have something new, let me know.
Theo van Gogh
Theo had been trying to sell four overdoor paintings by
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Theo van Gogh. Letter to Camille Pissarro. Written 5 July 1890 in Paris. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number to.
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