Saint-Rémy, 4 January 1890
My dear sister,
Just a few words to tell you that I am greatly pleased to
know that you are in Paris with Theo and Jo. And it is not
necessary to say that I think of you all every day.
Fortunately another rather violent attack of exaltation or
delirium is at an end and, if I may so say, I don't feel any
after-effects at all; I feel the same as I do on ordinary days.
And tomorrow I shall start working again if the weather
permits. Today we are having very mild weather with spring
sunshine, so to speak. Yesterday, while taking a walk, I saw
chicory in bloom already in the meadows, and soon the daisies
and violets will follow. I think the winter here very beautiful
and absolutely the same as the North, only a little
I sent a number of pictures to Paris yesterday. 2
I designated the one with the olive trees for you and Mother.
You will see, I think, that in a white frame it will take on a
mild colour, meaning the contrast between pink and green.
Within a short time I shall send you some others, of
mountains, and a view of the garden here with tall pines; they
are drying at the moment.
I will not write more today, for this letter has got to go
off. I am very pleased that you are there, and I hope that the
great event will have a happy outcome for Jo.
See you soon.
1. Written in French.
2. See letter 621 to Theo.
At this time, Vincent was 36 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Wilhelmina van Gogh. Written 4 January 1890 in Saint-Rémy. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number W17.
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