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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(2 July 1882)
... a large scale and once on a smaller one . C. M. has those two and they were the ones Rappard was pleased with, especially the large one. I should like you to have a look at them if you happen to be at C. M.'s, for I should like to know what you think, especially of the larger one. When are you coming? I look forward to seeing you very much. Well, brother, you are to blame for my being so happy today that it made me cry. Thanks for everything, my dear fellow, and believe me, with a handshake in my thoughts, Ever yours, Vincent ...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 21 August 1883)
... guilders a year, especially on rent. And having paid my debts with the money from C. M., I think it might be good to act quickly. In fact, I think it would be superfluous for me to go there first to gather information. I have a small map of Drenthe before me. On it I can see a large white space devoid of any village names. It is crossed by the Hoogeveen canal, which suddenly comes to an end, and I see the words “peat moors” written right across the blank space on the map. Around that blank space, a number of small black dots with the names of villages and a red one for the little town of Hoogeveen. Near the boundary, a lake - the Black Lake - a name to conjure with - I picture all sorts of workman dredging the banks. Some of the village names - such as Oosterheuvelen [Eastern Hills] and Erica, also exercise the imagination. Well, tell me your opinion about the possibility of a quick move to that region. If it happened, I should begin by acting...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(22 or 23 August 1883)
... there, and make her behave better. Today I sent a number of studies to C. M. I am very glad about your revised opinion about my work - your revised opinion tallies with Rappard's - Van der Weele also thinks there is something in my work. Personally, I believe that in every painter's life there is a period when he makes absurdities, and for myself, I think that period is already a long time behind me. Further, I think that I am making progress slowly but steadily, and that the better work I do later will cast a reflex on the work I am doing now, and will show more clearly that even now there is already some truth and simplicity in it, and as you yourself express it, a manly conception and perception. So that if you now find something in a study, you will not have to retract that opinion, and later better work will never make you indifferent to the first. Last year Weissenbruch already said something like that to me - go your own way quietly, and in your old age,...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(2 September 1883)
... in the line you think you can use.” As to C. M., I sent him more than twenty studies, so I think he cannot be dissatisfied - besides, he can exchange them for others later. As you haven't much to spare yourself, I want to suggest that you explain the thing to him - that it would be good for me to go to the country to paint on regularly for a time. That we shall try to do so without his help, but that it would be of such great importance if, in case of need, he did not entirely withdraw his help in the future. You see, there is no possibility of making both ends meet and yet doing what the work demands as to painting. A farmer in Drenthe charges a guilder a day for board and lodging. In the beginning I should like to keep in touch with the woman as much as possible, and send her a little money; but even so the cares will be less heavy. The studio must be dispensed with for a time, the furniture stored in a corner of a garret until better times. And then, without luggage,...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(10 September 1883)
... it arrives, and for lodging and railway fare. But if we are lucky enough to get something from C. M., I shall have some things I have selected sent me by parcel post. The sooner this can be done, the better. So if you hear anything, write to me as soon as you know my address, and of course I agree to the proposed arrangement of sending only part of the 100 francs if you are hard up, awaiting a more favourable moment. I cannot help thinking that perhaps C. M. will do nothing at all. At all events, brother, it was very energetic and wise of you to send this at once, for now I can go there already and look around a bit, and even without help we shall certainly be able to manage there. Therefore many thanks, and rest assured that it will prove to have been a good measure. My intention is to stay there, for instance, till you come to Holland next year. I should not like to miss your visit then. But in this way I should see all the seasons of the year and get a general...

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