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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Anthon van Rappard
Nuenen, 1st half July 1885

Nuenen, 1st half July 1885

Amice Rappard,

To my regret I have not yet discovered any reply from you. The more I think about it the more I feel that I shall personally not be at all sorry to be done with you - unless you withdraw once and for all a correspondence that - in my opinion - is hardly a credit to you. But I repeat that I am willing to look upon the whole business as a misunderstanding, and not to alter our friendly relations, provided that you realize yourself - that you were mistaken.

As I don't want things to drag on on any account, I beg you to answer me before the end of the week. And I shall know, according to the contents of your letter, what to decide.

In case you do not write this week - I no longer desire your reply. And then time will tell whether your remarks about my work and my person were justified or not - were made in good faith or not.

With greetings,


At this time, Vincent was 32 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Anthon van Rappard. Written 1st half July 1885 in Nuenen. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number R56.

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