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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Wilhelmina van Gogh
Auvers-sur-Oise, c. 4 June 1890
Relevant paintings:

"Still Life: Vase with Irises against a Yellow Background," Vincent van Gogh

"Still Life: Pink Roses in a Vase," Vincent van Gogh

"Still Life: Vase with Roses," Vincent van Gogh

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W21 1

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 St. Rémy.

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 much.

[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.]

  1. 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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