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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 for. 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 and...
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 any more. 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 1. 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 mental distress.

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