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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 the very placid priest in the same picture as like the mad painter so intelligently portrayed therein. And I do not mind being rather between the two, for one must live, especially because it is no use ignoring the fact that there may be a crisis some day or other if you were to change your relations with the Boussods. Another reason for keeping up this connection with artists, on my part as much as on yours. Besides, I think I have spoken the truth, but if I should succeed in replacing in goods the money spent, I should only be doing my duty. And then, something practical I can do is portrait painting. As for drinking too much ... if it is bad, I can't tell. But look at Bismarck, who is in any case very practical...
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, his appearance was far from unattractive to me. In passing, let me say that it is not very clear to me why his sister speaks of his “more or less rough exterior”; it is possible that, since the time when I knew him, because of his untidiness and his growing a beard, his outward appearance lost something of its charming quaintness; but most decidedly it can never have been rough, neither his nervous hands, nor his countenance, which might have been considered homely, but which expressed so much and hid so much more. I succeeded in winning his confidence and friendship very soon, which was so essential in this case; and as his studies were prompted by the best of intentions, we made comparatively good...
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, a bit of respectability he had brought back from England; but such a hat - you were afraid you might tear its brim off if you took hold of it. I have often puzzled over his exact age, hut I cannot find out, for instance, whether he was old enough to he called up for the militia.” But he was certainly obliging, and physically very strong, though he did not look it. During one of those frequent floods Mr. Braat had admired his physical strength and good nature. At the time he lived in Tolbrugstraatje - in a room with whitewashed walls, my informant believed, on which he had made all kinds of sketches and crude drawings. But his landlord, who did not like this at all, had repainted them later on. However this may have...
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 it appeared that - considering the nature of the school - he knew quite a lot already. Also, he was much respected for his warm-heartedness. Yet was he not a stranger in Jerusalem? He was teased once in a while, for example, when once he sketched on the blackboard cliffs and a sea-beach; on that occasion he flew into a rage and hit out furiously. He did not stay long. He did not know what submission was. He could no more finish his training as a clergyman than he could finish his training as Evangelist. When he was confronted with the task of conjugating irregular Greek verbs, he asked his teacher, Mendes da Costa, “Are these horrors really necessary to bring rest and peace to men?” In the same way, when Master Bokma...
Article by Benno J. Stokvis
... he was highly respected by the farmers. When he set off for work, he generally wore a sort of raincoat and a sou'wester. In general his attire was rough [“raw”]. Every day he might be seen walking with a small campstool under one arm and a square frame (??) under the other, always staring straight in front of him, and he took little notice of people. Without doing strikingly eccentric things, he yet seemed a queer sort of man. When Vincent was busy painting, he did not like to be watched; if anyone stood watching him longer than he liked, he unreservedly begged the importunate person to clear off. At times he was anything but meek. Toward the poor he always showed himself exceedingly open-handed; he once gave a beggar his own velvet suit, which was as good as new. Now and then he would hand over a number of drawings to his father for distribution among the members of the consistory. If a drawing did not come off “choicely” enough to his...

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