Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (Aug/Sep 1881) ... have a souvenir from my little
At Stam's I found Ingres paper twice as thick as the
ordinary kind, one can work better on it. But alas, it's white.
Would there be any chance of your sending some of that same
kind, but the colour of unbleached muslin...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Anthon van Rappard (12 October 1881) ... of diggers, sowers, etc., men and
women. At present I am working a good deal with charcoal and
black crayon, and I have also tried sepia and watercolour.
Well, I do not venture to say that you will see progress in my
drawings, but most certainly you will...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (c. 21 December 1881) ... my best to find a
good studio, and besides, I must start using better paint and
better paper now.
For studies and sketches, though, the Ingres paper is
excellent. And it works out much cheaper to make my own
sketchbooks in various sizes from that than to...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (22-24 December 1881) ... days at
Prinsenhage and will also come here. You must know, Theo, that
Mauve has sent me a paintbox with paint, brushes, palette,
palette knife, oil, turpentine - in short, everything
necessary. So it is now settled that I shall begin to paint,
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (5 August 1882) ... I will tell you what I have bought.
First, a large-size moist-colour box containing 12 pieces or
tubes of watercolours, with a double cover, one of which can be
used as a palette; there is also room for about six brushes. It
is an article which is of great...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (19 August 1882) ... gives me a new, fresh view of things.
The next time you send money, I shall buy some good marten
brushes, which are the real drawing brushes, as I have
discovered, for drawing a hand or a profile in colour.
Also, I see they are absolutely necessary...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Anthon van Rappard (18-19 September 1882) ... man from the almshouse posing for
Now it is really high time I returned Karl Robert's Le
fusain to you. I have read it through more than once, but
fusain [charcoal] does not come easily to me, and I prefer to
work with a carpenter's pencil. I wish I could...
Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (c. 10 October 1882) ... or somewhere often helps me.
Well, be sure to write by the twentieth, I have had to buy
some Whatman paper and brushes. You cannot believe how many
things one sometimes needs. Well, it's the same with every
A handshake in thought,...