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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Anthon van Rappard
Nuenen, April 1884

Amice Rappard,

I ask you - also on my parents' behalf - whether you would like to come here one of these days - as soon as you please.

My mother's recovery has now progressed so far that she can sit in an easy chair in the living room, goes out in a Bath chair, is beginning to walk again, etc., etc. So her recovery has gone more smoothly than we dared expect in the beginning.

The trees are blossoming outside, and at the moment the weather is still not too hot for long rambles.

A few days ago I sent you three more pen-and-ink drawings, 1 “Little Ditch,” [F 1243, JH 472] “Norway Pines in the Fen,” [F 1249, JH 473] “Thatched Roofs” [F 1242, JH 474]; I thought you would like the subjects.

I hope you will come. Of course you will bring along your tools, and the more you bring of your work the better I shall like it. I should like to see that sketch of the “Females of Terschelling” and the “Little Weaver” again.

My parents join me in sending regards.

Ever yours, Vincent

I think that when you come it will be a good opportunity to bring with you all the drawings of mine that you have at home. Then we can resume our work together on a number of new subjects, if you feel like it.

It is always a good thing to let one's work wander around a bit; and if people don't like it, well, never mind - show it again later anyway. If some people you've happened to show these studies to have disapproved of them or laughed at them or said of them no matter what, they will change their minds if they continue to see them over and over again - not all of them, but some.

I am eager for you to see my painted studies again.

1. See letter 366 to Theo.

At this time, Vincent was 31 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Anthon van Rappard. Written April 1884 in Nuenen. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number R45.

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