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Letters from the Van Gogh Family to Theo van Gogh
... Mrs.van Gogh to Theo […] Don't you think it very sad that Vincent does not write to us, during such important days? Oh, Theo, you don't know how it distresses us and how we long to go to him and say, “Boy, how is it? Isn't it true we can't live...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(15 August 1888)
... as an artist, should I lose that as a man? If I had the faith to do it, I'd be a notable madman; now I am an insignificant one, but you see I am not sufficiently ambitious for that fame to set a match to the powder. I would rather wait for the next generation,...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 21 October 1888)
... don't stop painting for a few days. As a matter of fact, I am again pretty nearly reduced to the madness of Hugo van der Goes in Emil Wauter's painting. And if it were not that I have almost a double nature,like that of a monk and that of a painter,I...
Letter from Joseph Roulin to Theo van Gogh
(26 December 1888)
... I have been to see your brother Vincent. I promised to tell you what I thought of him. I am sorry to tell you that I think he is lost. Not only is his mind affected, but also he is very weak and despondent. He recognized me but did not show any pleasure...
Letter from Joseph Roulin to Theo van Gogh
(28 December 1888)
... Friday, I went there but could not see him. The intern and the attendant told me that after my wife left, he had had a terrible attack; he had a very bad night, and they had to put him in an isolated room. Since he has been locked in this room, he has eaten no food...
Letter from Reverend Salles to Theo van Gogh
(31 December 1888)
... I am going to give you news of your brother. I have just seen him, and found him calm, in a state which does not show anything abnormal with him. Unfortunately, as a result of the insane act which required his admission to the hospital and the more than strange...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(17 January 1889)
... I hope, as I get back my strength. Rey told me that being very impressionable was enough to account for the attack that I had, and that I was really only anaemic, but that I really must feed myself up. But I took the liberty of saying to M. Rey that if the...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to A. H. Koning
(22 or 23 January 1889)
... the way from the North of our native country. I received your postcard in the hospital at Arles, where I had been quartered following an attack of something the matter with my brains, or otherwise fever, which had nearly passed off already. And as for the...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Paul Gauguin
(22 or 23 January 1889)
... just proves that he understands us. I shall send you your things, but I still have bouts of weakness at times during which I'm in no position to even lift a finger to return your things to you. In a few days' time I'll pluck up the courage. And as for the...

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