van Gogh's letters - unabridged and annotated
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Letters from his Parents to Theo van Gogh
... help of the best tailor from Breda. Would you be so kind as to do another work of mercy and have his chevelure metamorphosed by a clever hairdresser - here in Etten we don't have such people. I suppose a barber of The Hague might be able to do something ...
Letters from his Parents to Theo van Gogh
... hello mother,” and there he was. We were glad; although seeing him again we found he looked thin; that is over now; it must have been the walking and bad food etc. - things, by the way, he does not talk about, but he looks well, except for his clothes....
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 15-27 April 1882)
... more difficulty and opposition I shall meet. Because I shall have to suffer much, especially from those peculiarities which I cannot change. First, my appearance and my way of speaking and my clothes; and then, even later on when I earn more, I...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(late April 1882)
... have I done to deserve all this trouble? All the anxiety and worry cannot but make me nervous and flurried in speech and manner. When Mauve imitated me, saying, “This is the sort of face you make,” “This is the way you speak,” I...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Wilhelmina van Gogh
(c. 22 June 1888)
... resemblance than the photographer's. However, at the present moment I look different, insofar as I am wearing neither hair nor beard, the same having been shaved off clean. Furthermore, my complexion has changed from green-greyish-pink to greyish-orange,...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
(c. 25 July 1888)
... with sheep for chocolate boxes. Not only my pictures but I myself have become haggard of late, almost like Hugo van der Goes in the picture by Emil Wauters. Only, having got my whole beard carefully shaved off I think that I am as much like...
Article by Dr. M. B. Medes da Costa
(December 2 1910)
... master and pupil, was very pleasant indeed. The seemingly reticent young man - our ages differed but little, for I was twenty-six then, and he was undoubtedly over twenty - immediately felt at home, and notwithstanding his lank reddish hair and his many freckles,...
Article by M. J. Brusse
(May 26 1914)
... I cannot say I was particularly interested. No, he was not an attractive boy, with those small, narrowed, peering eves of his and, in fact, he was always a bit unsociable. “And then I remember well that he always preferred to wear a top hat,...
Newspaper article
(April 12 1922)
... me with the following particulars. One day the Reverend Mr. Van Gogh, from a small town in Brabant, appeared at the school and introduced a sandy-haired, somewhat round-shouldered young man who wanted to be a pupil.... He was accepted. Soon...

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