Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (28 January 1889) ... my work are
not progressing so badly.
It astonishes me already when I compare my condition today
with what it was a month ago. Before that I knew well enough
that one could fracture one's legs and arms and recover
afterward, but I did not know that you could fracture the brain
in your head and recover from that too.
I still have a sort of “what is the good of getting
better?” feeling about me, even in the astonishment
aroused in me by my getting well, which I hadn't dared hope
During your visit I think you must have noticed the two size
30 canvases of sunflowers in
Gauguin's room. I have just put the finishing touches to
copies , absolutely identical replicas of them.
I think I have already told you that besides
these I have a canvas of “La Berceuse” the very one
I was working on when my illness interrupted me .
I now have two versions of this one too.
I have just said to Gauguin about this picture that when he
Letter de Vincent van Gogh à Theo van Gogh (30 January 1889) ... n'y
ayant plus compté.
Je terminerai cette lettre comme celle à Gauguin, en te disant que
certes il y a encore des signes de la surexcitation précédente
dans mes paroles, mais que cela n'a rien d'étonnant puisque dans ce bon
pays tarasconnais tout le monde est un peu toqué.
Bonne poignée de main aussi à De Haan et Isaäcson,
j'attendrai ta lettre le plus tôt possible après
le 1er février,
t à t, Vincent
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (30 January 1889) ... as I did not expect it
I will finish this letter like Gauguin's, by telling you
that there certainly are signs of previous overexcitement in my
words, but that is not surprising, since everyone in this good
Tarascon country is a trifle cracked.
With a good handshake, also for De Haan and Isaäcson. I
shall expect your letter as soon as possible after February
Ever yours, Vincent
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (3 February 1889) ... everything the doctor says, but…
When I came out of hospital with good old Roulin, I fancied
there'd been nothing wrong with me, it was only
afterwards I felt I'd been ill. Well, that's only to be
expected, I have moments when I am twisted with enthusiasm or
madness or prophecy, like a Greek oracle on his tripod. I
display great presence of mind then in my words, and speak like
the Arlésiennes, but in spite of all that, my spirits
are very low. Especially when my physical strength returns. But
I've already told Rey that at the first sign of a serious
symptom I would come back and submit myself to the alienists in
Aix, or to himself.
What else except pain and suffering can we expect if we are
not well, you and I?
Our ambition has been dashed so low. So let us work very
calmly, look after ourselves as best we can, and not exhaust
ourselves in futile attempts at mutual generosity. You do your
duty and I will do mine, and as far as that's concerned, we've
Letter from Reverend Salles to Theo van Gogh (7 February 1889) ... Dear Sir,
Your brother, whom we had believed more or less
cured and who had taken up his usual work once more, has again lately shown signs of