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Well, the truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings,
Vincent Van Gogh in zijn laatste brief aan zijn broer Theo.

Maar inmiddels weten we dat we, behalve via schilderijen, ook via een animatiefilm kunnen spreken. Want..

Wow! De Pools-Britse biografische animatiefilm Loving Vincent uit 2017 (geschreven en geregisseerd door Dorota Kobiela en Hugh Welchman) heeft in een maand tijd meer dan 100.000 bezoekers getrokken.

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A Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh
Auvers-sur-Oise, 23 July 1890

[Jo’s note: ‘This letter, evidently his penultimate one to Theo, was found on Vincent’s body after his suicide on the 27th. There is a note at the top in Theo’s handwriting on it: “Letter he was carrying on him July 29”’. In fact, it is obviously a rough draught of letter 651].

My dear brother,

Thanks for your kind letter and for the 50 fr. note it contained

There are many things I should like to write you about, but I feel it is pointless. I hope you have found these gentlemen favorably disposed toward you.

Well, the truth is, we cannot speak other than by our paintings. But still, my dear brother, there is this that I have always told you, and I repeat it once more with all the earnestness that can be imparted by an effort of a mind diligently fixed on trying to do as well as one can – I tell you again that I shall always consider that you are something other than a simple dealer in Corots, that through my mediation you have your part in the actual production of some canvases, which even in the cataclysm retain their calm.

Well, my work to me, I risk my life on it, and my reason has half foundered – all right – but you are not one of those dealers in men, as far as I know, and you can take sides, I find, truly acting with humanity, but what is the use?

At this time, Vincent was 37 year old

Vincent van Gogh. Letter to Theo van Gogh. Written 23 July 1890 in Auvers-sur-Oise. Translated by Robert Harrison, edited by Robert Harrison, number 652.
URL: http://webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/21/652.htm.

This letter may be freely used, in accordance with the terms of this site.

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