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Letter from Paul Gauguin to Vincent van Gogh
Pont-Aven, end February 1888

My dear Vincent,

I wanted to write to your brother but I know than you see him every day and I am afraid of boring him, occupied as he is from morning to night by business.

I left to work in Brittany, (still a rage to paint), and I had good hopes to have funds for that.

The little that I sold served to pay for the few pressing debts and in one month I am going to be without anything. Zero is a negative strength.

I don't want to press your brother, but a little word from you on this topic would calm me, or at least would make me be patient. My god, these questions of money are terrifying for an artist!

And if it is necessary to give some discounts don't worry, as long as I find some funds. I have just spent 15 days in bed with a fever and I am starting to work again. If I can last 5 to 6 months I believe that I will do some good canvases.

An encouraging word in answer if it is possible.

Ever Yours,

Paul Gauguin.

Pont-Aven at Mme. Gloanec


At this time, Vincent was 34 year old
Paul Gauguin. Letter to Vincent van Gogh. Written end February 1888 in Pont-Aven. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number GAC 28.

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