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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(30 March 1874)
... to hear that you are doing so well. You have done well to read the book by Burger; you should devour books on art as much as possible, especially The Gazette de Beaux-Arts, etc. By all means try to get a good knowledge of pictures. That picture by Apol we have here now is good, but last year he painted the same subject and I thought it was better and brighter than this one. I am glad that you go to see Uncle Cor now and then; he has pictures and prints which you can never see at the house in The Hague. I, too, am very busy just now and am glad of it, for that is what I want. À Dieu, boy, keep in good spirits. I wish you well. Greetings to Iterson. Vincent ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(4 September 1875)
... please include it with yours. I have bought the book about Michel, with etchings after his pictures; as soon as I have finished it, I will send it to you. Yet Michel is not nearly so beautiful as the landscape described in Adam Bede which impressed us both so much. There is also a painting by Bonington which is almost “it” but not quite. When you have a chance and I have finished the book, please lend it, in my name, to Uncle Cor; but I want it to be yours. I see the pictures themselves, so you may as well have the descriptions and etchings after them. Compliments to the Haanebeeks, Carbentuses, Van Stockums, Mauve, and Roos when you see them. Best wishes, always your loving brother, Vincent Also give the book by Michel to Mr. Tersteeg to read. ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 2 or 3 November 1882)
... superfluous to write more about it. But I can hardly say that I share your thought which you express in the following words: “To me it seems quite natural that the desired change will occur.” Just think how many great men are dead or will not be with us for long - Millet, Brion, Troyon, Rousseau, Daubigny, Corot - so many others are no longer among the living; think further back, Leys, Gavarni, de Groux (I name only a few), still further back, Ingres, Delacroix and Géricault, think how old modern art already is, add many others as well who have already reached old age. Up to Millet and Jules Breton, however, there was always in my opinion progress, but to surpass these two - don't even mention it. Their genius may be equalled in former, present or later times, but to surpass it is not possible. In that high range there is an equality of genius, but higher than the top of the mountain one cannot climb. Israëls, for instance, may equal...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Anthon van Rappard
(2nd half March 1884)
... self-righteousness in religion. My strongest sympathies in the literary as well as in the artistic field are with those artists in whom I see the soul at work most strongly - Israëls, for example, is clever as a technician, but so is Vollon - but I like Israëls more than Vollon because I see something more in Israëls, something quite different from the masterly reproduction of the materials, something quite different from light and brown, something quite different from the colour - yet that something quite different is achieved by the precise rendering of the light effect, the material, the colour. This something different of which I find so much more in Israëls than in Vollon is pronounced in Eliot, and Dickens has it as well. Does it lie in their choice of subjects? No, for that, too, is only an effect. What I am driving at, among other things, is that while Eliot is masterly in her execution, above and beyond that she also has...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(15-17 December 1884)
... too. But first I must paint them. Now just listen - do you remember how in the very beginning I always spoke to you about my great respect and sympathy for the work of Father de Groux? Of late I think of him more than ever. One must not confront him only in his historical pictures, though these are also very good, nor in the first instance in a few pictures with the sentiment of, for instance, the author Conscience. But one must see his “Grace before Meat,” “The Pilgrimage,” “The Paupers' Bench” and above all, the simple Brabant types. De Groux is appreciated as little as, for instance, Thijs Mans. He is different though, but this they have in common, that they met with violent opposition. In these days - whether the public is wiser now I can't tell, but this much I know, that it is not at all superfluous to weigh seriously one's thoughts and one's actions. And at this very moment I could tell you some new names of people that...

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