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|Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh|
(17 January 1889)
... still there? Don't let them get discouraged.
After my illness my eyes have naturally been very sensitive. I
have been looking at that “Croque-mort”
[undertaker] of De Haans, which he was good enough to send me
the photograph of. Well, it seems to me that there is a real
touch of Rembrandt in that figure, which seems to be lit up by
the reflection of a light coming from the open tomb in front of
which the croque-mort is standing like a sleepwalker.
It is done with great subtlety. I myself do not try to get
effects by means of charcoal, and De Haan has taken for his
medium this very charcoal, again a colourless substance.
I should like De Haan to see a study of mine of a lighted
candle and two novels (one yellow, the other pink) lying on an
empty chair (really Gauguin's chair), a size 30 canvas, in red
and green . I have just been working again
today on its pendant, my own empty chair, a white deal chair
with a pipe and a tobacco pouch . In these two
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