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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Etten, May 1881
Relevant paintings:

"Hut," Vincent van Gogh

"Barn with moss-grown roof," Vincent van Gogh

"Landscape with windmill," Vincent van Gogh

Dear Theo,

I enclose a little note because the others are writing to you and I thought you would like to hear what I am actually doing.

Every day that it does not rain, I go out in the fields, generally to the heath. I make my studies on a rather large scale, like the few you saw at the time of your visit; so I have done, among other things, a cottage on the heath, and also that barn with a thatched roof on the road to Roozendaal, which locally they call the Protestant barn.

You will perhaps remember what I mean.

Then the mill right opposite it, in the meadow, and the elm trees in the churchyard.

And another of woodcutters, busy on a wide patch of ground where a large pine tree has been cut down. I also try to draw the implements, such as a wagon, plough, harrow, wheelbarrow, etc., etc.

The one with the woodcutters turned out best of all, and I think you would like it.

I have had a letter from Rappard; perhaps he will come here some time this summer.

A handshake in thought, and believe me,

Yours sincerely, Vincent

At this time, Vincent was 28 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written May 1881 in Etten. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 145.

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