Vincent van Gogh Quotes (Author of The Letters of Vincent van Gogh)
A letter from Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo
VINCENT VAN GOGH PAINTINGS
Thank you for yesterday's letter. I too cannot write as I would like, but after all we live in such a disturbed time that there can be no way of having opinions fixed enough to form any judgment of things. I should have liked very much to know if you are still having your meals in the restaurant or whether you are living more at home. I hope so, for in the long run that must be best. Things are going well with me.
Thanks for your letter of yesterday. I would have very much liked to know if you now still eat together at the restaurant or if you live at home more. I hope so, for in the long run that must be the best. He and De Haan appear very faithful, which is sufficiently rare these days for it to be worthy of appreciation. I despair of ever finding models.
With his bright sunflowers, searing wheat fields and blazing yellow skies, Vincent van Gogh was fanatic about light. But as I was so to begin with, I only enjoy it. Van Gogh was also enthralled with night, as he wrote to his brother Theo that same year: "It often seems to me that the night is much more alive and richly colored than the day The problem of painting night scenes and effects on the spot and actually by night interests me enormously. What van Gogh fixed on, by daylight or at night, gave the world many of its most treasured paintings. His Sunflowers , says critic Robert Hughes, "remains much the most popular still life in the history of art, the botanical answer to the Mona Lisa. Despite all the mental anguish and depression he experienced, van Gogh never ceased to enjoy an astonishingly clear self-awareness and consciousness of what he was doing.
My dear Theo, . Peyron informed Theo that Vincent was better and that he spent whole days later in the letter Van Gogh actually calls it 'the starry night'.
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To Theo van Gogh. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Tuesday, 18 June 1889.
Widely hailed as Van Gogh's magnum opus, the painting depicts the view outside his sanatorium room window at night, although it was painted from memory during the day. Though Van Gogh revisited this scene in his work on several occasions, "Starry Night" is the only nocturnal study of the view. Thus, in addition to descriptions evident in the myriad of letters he wrote to his brother, Theo, it offers a rare nighttime glimpse into what the artist saw while in isolation.
Arles, on or about Saturday, 29 September Thank you very much for your letter and for the franc note it contained. How I think of you and of Gauguin and of Bernard , everywhere and at all times! Included herewith little croquis of a square no. The sky is green-blue, the water is royal blue, the areas of land are mauve.
How I regret that you were troubled for such a little thing, forgive me, for I am after all probably the primary cause of it. Mr Rey came to see the painting with two of his doctor friends, 1 and they at least understand darned quickly what complementaries are. Give them my warm regards. I just think that we must still keep calm regarding my own painting. If you want some I can certainly send them to you now, but when calm returns to me I hope to do something else. In any case, as regards the Independents, 6 do what seems best to you and what the others will do. Write to me soon, and be completely reassured as to my health, it will cure me completely to know that things are going well for you.