Vincent van Gogh
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On or about 25 February 1889 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother: "When Mrs Roulin also left, to go and live with her mother in the country for the time being, she took away the Berceuse. I had the sketch of it and two repetitions. She had a good eye and took the best one, only I’m currently redoing it. And I don’t want this one to be inferior." Full letter: vangoghletters.or...
Today in 1888 Anton Mauve died. He was Vincent’s cousin by marriage and his first teacher. Vincent wrote: ‘Mauve gave me encouragement recently when I needed it. He’s a man of genius’ vangoghletters.or... Around 30 March 1888, Van Gogh painted “Pink peach trees (‘Souvenir de Mauve’)” as a gift to Mauve’s widow. This painting is now in the collection of Kröller-Müller Museum.
Today is the birthday of Vincent Willem van Gogh (1890), son of Vincent’s brother Theo van Gogh and Jo Van Gogh-Bonger. Vincent wrote to his mother: I started right away to make a painting for him, to hang in their bedroom. Large branches of white almond blossom against a blue sky. Image: Vincent van Gogh, Almond blossom, 1890, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Only a few more days to visit the exhibition Van Gogh Repetitions at the Phillips Collection in Washington before it closes on 2 February. There are some works from our collection on display as well, like this one depicting a member of the Roulin family. More info: www.phillipscolle... Image: Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Marcelle Roulin, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
"... it’s not copying pure and simple that one would be doing. It is rather translating into another language, the one of colours, the impressions of chiaroscuro and white and black." - Vincent van Gogh, 13 January 1890 - Full letter: vangoghletters.or... - Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Evening (after Millet), 1889, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
‘I’m just writing to wish you a happy New Year, may it be a good year for you in every way and, I add egoistically, for myself as well’ – Vincent van Gogh Full letter: vangoghletters.or... Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), sketch for ‘Starry Night Over the Rhone’, 1888, from a letter to Eugène Boch. vangoghletters.or...
´How I wish we could spend a couple of Christmas days together...´ - Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo in December 1882. Full letter: vangoghletters.or... Image: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), Interior with five figures around a table, 1890. Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
Mid-December 1882 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo: “I now have two more drawings — one is a man reading the Bible and the other is a man saying his prayers before his midday meal, which is on the table. (...) The grace is the best, I believe, but they complement each other. My intention with these two (...) is one and the same, namely to express the special mood of #Christmas and New Year.” Full letter: vangoghletters.or...
A contemporary of Van Gogh, Auguste Rodin, died on this day in 1917. Vincent wrote about one of his works to his brother Theo: ‘I heard Rodin had a beautiful head at the Salon.’ - vangoghletters.or... Want to read more about Van Gogh and Rodin? Take a look at our letter website: vangoghletters.or... Image: Auguste Rodin (1840-1917), Madame Vicuña, 1888. Musée d’Orsay.