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My dear Theo,
Enclosed I am sending Gauguin's letter; fortunately he has
recovered his health.
How is yours?
I wish Russell would do something. However, he has a wife
and children, a studio, and a house being built, and I can
quite see how a man, even a rich one, cannot always spend 100
francs - no more than that - on pictures. I think it would make
a tremendous difference to me if Gauguin were here, for now the
days go by without my speaking a word to anyone. Oh well. In
any case his letter gave me tremendous pleasure.
If you are alone in the country too long, you get stupid,
and though not yet - still this winter - I may become sterile
because of this. Now if he came, there would be no danger of
this, because there would be no lack of ideas.
If the work goes well and our courage does not fail, we may
hope to see more very interesting years yet.
Is Mourier still with you?
Would it be possible for me to have your letter on Sunday,
I'm not counting on it though, knowing that it is the end of
It's just that I shall probably have a model this week.
I need some studies of figures very much. Just now I have a
sort of exhibition at home, that is to say I have taken all the
studies from the stretchers, and have nailed them up on the
wall to get thoroughly dry. You will see that when there are a
lot of them and one can choose among them, it comes to the same
thing as if I had studied them more and worked on them longer.
Because to paint and repaint a subject on the same or several
canvases comes to the same thing in the end. I am in rather a
hurry, so a handshake.
Ever yours, Vincent
At this time, Vincent was 35 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written c. 26 July 1888 in Arles. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 515.
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