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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Paris, 6 July 1875

[letterhead] Goupil & Cie,

Paris, 6 July 1875

My dear Theo,

Many thanks for your letter. Yes, my boy, I thought as much. You must let me know how your English is getting on. Have you done anything about it? If not, it's not the end of the world.

I'm renting a little room in Montmartre. I'm sure you'd like it. It's small, but it looks out over a little garden full of ivy and Virginia creeper. I'll tell you what prints I have on the wall:

Ruysdael

Le buisson [The Bush]

D'Blanchisseries [The Bleaching Ground]

Rembrandt

Bible Reading. (A large Old-Dutch room, evening, a candle on the table. A young mother sits reading the Bible beside her baby's cradle. An old woman is listening. It reminds me of, `Verily I say unto you, where 2 or 3 are gathered together in my name, there am I in the midst of them.' It's an old copper engraving as big as Le buisson, superb.

Ph. De Champagne

Portrait d'une dame

Corot

Soir

Bodmer

Fontainebleau

Bonington

Une Route

Troyon

Le Matin

Jules Dupré

The Evening (the Halt)

Maris

A Washerwoman

The Christening

Millet

The Four Hours of the Day (woodcuts, 4 proofs)

V. d. Maaten

Funeral procession through the Cornfields

Daubigny

The Dawn (Cock crowing)

Charlet

Hospitality. (farm surrounded by pine trees, in winter in the snow; a peasant and a soldier in front of the door)

Ed. Frère

Seamstresses

The Cooper

Anyway, my boy, look after yourself, you know how, be as meek and mild as you can. Let us always remain good friends.

Goodbye, Vincent


At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Source:
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 6 July 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 030.
URL: http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/3/030.htm.

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