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               During his life, Vincent kept in close communication with his brother and closest friend Theo van Gogh who was an art dealer in Paris. The two men actually died within six months of each other. Vincent’s correspondence (1853-1890) is one of the most thorough records anywhere of an artist’s creative and spiritual journey.

               Most of the letters now belong to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, but they have been copied, translated, and published in many different languages. Vincent himself knew a few different languages and the letters were originally written in Dutch and then later in French.

               The letters appear to be kind like a self portrait of Vincent. Words were almost as important to him as images for expressing his insights and labors. While Vincent had to be supported financially by his brother Theo, so in many of the letters there is talk of money and practical things, but most of them are full of meaningful reflections about Vincent’s hopes for art and for society. They also come complete with sketches of his works.

 

   
 
           
 

  "By working hard, old man, I hope to make something   good one day. I haven't yet, but I am pursuing it and   fighting for   it . . . ."

Vincent van Gogh 
Letter 257 
January 3, 1883 

 

 


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