I had hoped to revisit her before her death 1,
but it was not to have been. L'homme s'agite et Dieu le
mène [Man proposes and God disposes.]
In the first box that we shall send to Holland you will find
a photograph of that picture by Ph. De Champagne of which
Michelet says, “It stayed in my memory for thirty years,
coming back to me incessantly.” Further, an etching by
Daubigny after Ruysdael, “The Bush”; a lithograph
after Corot, “Sunset”; a lithograph by Bodmer,
“Fontainebleau in Autumn”; and two etchings by
Jacque. À Dieu.
I do not know how long I will stay here; nevertheless, I
hope to go to Helvoirt before returning to London, and I would
like to believe that you will be there as well. I will pay for
It is one of those things that, as time goes by, we
“are sorrowful but always rejoicing”; that is what
we have to learn.
See letter 26
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 19 June 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 028.
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