Paris, 1st September 1875
In the first box of pictures going to Holland you will find
some lithographs and the engravings after Rembrandt that I
mentioned to you. You will surely like the two lithographs
after Bonington. At the same time I shall send you a few
photographs of pictures by Jules Breton and Corot for Father; I
shall write on the back, “for Helvoirt.”
I never heard of the painter, Pynas, whom you write about. I
should like to see the picture you mention. I don't know that
lithograph after Diaz's “A Monk” either.
Last Sunday I was at the Louvre (on Sundays I generally go
there or to the Luxembourg). I wish you could see Van Ostade,
his own family - himself, his wife and, I think, eight
children. They are all in black - the wife and daughters with
white caps and kerchiefs - in a stately old-Dutch room with a
fireplace, large oak panels and ceiling, the whitewashed walls
with pictures in black frames. In the corner of the room is a
large bed with blue curtains and quilt.
The Rembrandt, “The Men of Emmaus,” which I
wrote you about has been engraved; Messrs. Goupil & Co.
will publish the engraving next autumn.
Do you ever visit Borchers's home? His mother is, I think, a
real lady. Go out as much as you can, I mean, of course, to Van
Stockum's, Haanebeek's, Carbentus's, Borchers's, etc.; not to
Kraft's or Marda's, you know, unless it happens that you can't
do otherwise - then there is no harm in it for once.
Best wishes and write soon, always your loving brother,
Enclosed is a note for Borchers; compliments to all the Roos
family and to everybody who asks after me. B. tells me that
Weehuizen is dead, which I did not know. Were you there?
Uncle Jan Carbentus.
At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 1 September 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 035.
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