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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(Aug/Sep 1881)
... have a souvenir from my little trip. At Stam's I found Ingres paper twice as thick as the ordinary kind, one can work better on it. But alas, it's white. Would there be any chance of your sending some of that same kind, but the colour of unbleached muslin or linen? Like a few of the sheets that were in that lot you bought me before, and like those on which the Exercices au Fusain are printed. Before beginning to draw on the white paper, one must first wash the whole page with a flat tone. So I have been to The Hague; perhaps it was the beginning of a renewed and closer acquaintance with Mauve and others. I hope so. A handshake in thought; my warm thanks for your faithful help in this matter - because of the expenses perhaps I never would have gone, or at least postponed it. Yours, Vincent De Bock was very pleased with the drawings by Millet which he bought from you. ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(September 1881)
... [See illustrations Page 2 below] I brought along some conté-crayon in wood (just like pencils) from The Hague, and I work with them a great deal now.
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Anthon van Rappard
(12 October 1881)
... of diggers, sowers, etc., men and women. At present I am working a good deal with charcoal and black crayon, and I have also tried sepia and watercolour. Well, I do not venture to say that you will see progress in my drawings, but most certainly you will see a change. Before long I hope to be able to pay another visit to Mauve to discuss with him the question of whether I should start painting or not. Once started, I shall carry it through. But I want to talk it over with some people before starting. More and more I am glad that I have specially set my mind on drawing figures. For most certainly it indirectly influences landscape drawing, because one learns to concentrate. I should have liked to send you a few sketches, if I'd had time, but I am busy with all kinds of things; later on, however, you will get some. In case you do not stay in Holland, please be sure to let me know your address, for in any case I shall have quite a few things to write about during the winter. ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 21 December 1881)
... my best to find a good studio, and besides, I must start using better paint and better paper now. For studies and sketches, though, the Ingres paper is excellent. And it works out much cheaper to make my own sketchbooks in various sizes from that than to buy the sketchbooks ready-made. I still have a small supply of Ingres paper, but if you could include some more of the same kind when you send those studies back to me, I should be greatly obliged to you. Not snow-white, but rather the colour of unbleached linen, no cold tones. Theo, what a great thing tone and colour are. And those who fail to learn to have feelings for them will remain far removed from real life. M. has taught me to see so many things that I used not to see and one day I shall try to tell you what he has told me, as there may well be one or two things you do not see properly either. Anyway, I hope we'll have a good discussion about artistic matters some day. And you cannot imagine the feeling...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(22-24 December 1881)
... days at Prinsenhage and will also come here. You must know, Theo, that Mauve has sent me a paintbox with paint, brushes, palette, palette knife, oil, turpentine - in short, everything necessary. So it is now settled that I shall begin to paint, and I am glad things have gone so far. Well, I have been drawing a good deal recently, especially studies of the figure. If you saw them now, you would see in what direction I am going. Of course, I am now longing to hear what Mauve will have to say. The other day I made some drawings of children, too, and liked it very much. These are days of great beauty in tone and colour; after I have made some progress in painting, I will succeed in expressing a little of it. But we must stick to the point, and now that I have begun drawing the figure, I will continue it until I am more advanced; and when I work in the open air, it is to make studies of trees, viewing the trees like real figures. I mean especially with a view to the...

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