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Auvers, c. 4 June 1890
My Dear Sister,
For many days now I have wanted to reply to
your kind letter which I received while still at
And as for myself, at the moment
I am still afraid of the noise and the bustle of Paris, and I immediately went off into
the country - to an old village.
Here there are mossy thatched roofs which are superb, and which I am certainly going
to do something with.
Moreover, I think that the doctor I am
recommended to will just leave me to my own devices, as if
there were nothing wrong with me.
During the final days at St. Rémy I still worked
in a frenzy, great bouquets of flowers, violet irises, big
bouquets of roses, landscapes.
It was funny to see all my canvases again from when I
started, those which I left there.
But I should very much have liked you to see the olive
orchards that I have brought back with me now, with their
skies of yellow, pink and blue, different enough. I think that these
are canvases that have never been painted in quite this manner up until now.
Up to the present the others have always painted
them in grey.
I was immensely pleased to see the exhibition at the Champ
de Mars, where there were a lot of things that I liked very
[The letter stops abruptly on the third page, which just
contains the final sentence. It was obviously a rough draught for
letter W 22, which contains all of the ideas above.]
Written in French.
At this time, Vincent was 37 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Wilhelmina van Gogh. Written c. 4 June 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number W21.
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