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Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Paris, 19 June 1875

Dear Theo,

I had hoped to revisit her before her death 1, but it was not to have been. L'homme s'agite et Dieu le mène [Man proposes and God disposes.]

In the first box that we shall send to Holland you will find a photograph of that picture by Ph. De Champagne of which Michelet says, “It stayed in my memory for thirty years, coming back to me incessantly.” Further, an etching by Daubigny after Ruysdael, “The Bush”; a lithograph after Corot, “Sunset”; a lithograph by Bodmer, “Fontainebleau in Autumn”; and two etchings by Jacque. À Dieu.


I do not know how long I will stay here; nevertheless, I hope to go to Helvoirt before returning to London, and I would like to believe that you will be there as well. I will pay for the trip.

It is one of those things that, as time goes by, we “are sorrowful but always rejoicing”; that is what we have to learn.

  1. See letter 26

At this time, Vincent was 22 year old
Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 19 June 1875 in Paris. Translated by Mrs. Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, edited by Robert Harrison, number 028.

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