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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Wilhelmina van Gogh
Saint-Rémy, 4 January 1890
Relevant paintings:

"Olive Picking," Vincent van Gogh

"Pine Trees against a Red Sky with Setting Sun," Vincent van Gogh

W17 1

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 clearer.

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.

Yours, Vincent

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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