"Well, my own work, I am risking my life for it and my reason has half foundered because of it . . . . ."
Vincent van Gogh
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20 May 1890
|Gachet, Cézanne||Auvers is very beautiful, among other things a lot of old thatched roofs, which are getting rare.||---|
21 May 1890
|Ravoux's, Desmoulins, Daubigny, Daumier, Bargue's Exercises au fusain||Old fellow, having thought it over, I do not say that my work is good, but the thing is that I can do less bad stuff. Everything else, relations with people, is very secondary, because I haven't the gift for that. I can't help that.||Thatched Cottages: F 750, JH 1934|
25 May 1890
|Gachet, Daubigny, Puvis de Chavannes, Anna Boch, Isaäcson||. . . [Gachet] is as discouraged about his job as a country doctor as I am about my painting. Then I said to him that I would gladly exchange job for job.||Chestnut Trees in Blossom: F 751, JH 1992; Chestnut Tree in Blossom: F 752, JH 1991; Old Vineyard with Peasant Woman: F 1624, JH 1985|
3 June 1890
|Gachet, Bruyas, Dumoulin, Gauguin, Guillaumin, Bracquemond, Bargue, Delacroix, Millet||M. Gachet is absolutely fanatical about this portrait, and wants me to do one for him, if I can, exactly like it.||L'Arlesienne (Madame Ginoux): F 540, JH 1892; L'Arlesienne (Madame Ginoux): F 541, JH 1893; L'Arlesienne (Madame Ginoux): F 542, JH 1894; L'Arlesienne (Madame Ginoux): F 543, JH 1895; Self-Portrait: F 627, JH 1772; Pieta (after Delacroix): F 630, JH 1775; Portrait of Doctor Gachet: F 753, JH 2007; Doctor Gachet's Garden in Auvers: F 755, JH 1999; Marguerite Gachet in the Garden: F 756, JH 2005; Marguerite Gachet at the Piano: F 772, JH 2048|
c. 10 June 1890
|Peyron, Tanguy, Gachet, Raffaelli, Chéret||Full Text||---|
14 June 1890
|Gachet, Nuenen||Full Text||Harvest at La Crau, with Montmajour in the Background: F 412, JH 1440; Field with Poppies: F 636, JH 2027; Landscape with Carriage and Train in the Background: F 760, JH 2019; Vineyards with a View of Auvers: F 762, JH 2020|
17 June 1890
|Tasset, Tanguy, Gauguin, De Haan, Gachet, Lauzet, Monticelli, Millet, Pissarro||And in paint there is adulteration just as there is in wines . . . .||L'Arlesienne (Madame Ginoux): F 543, JH 1895; Wild Flowers and Thistles in a Vase: F 763, JH 2030; Daubigny's Garden: F 765, JH 2029; White House at Night, The: F 766, JH 2031; Daubigny's Garden: F 776, JH 2104|
24 or 25 June 1890
|Bock, Peyron, Mlle. Gachet, Quost, Jeannin||Full Text||Red Vineyard, The: F 495, JH 1626; Still Life: Vase with Irises against a Yellow Background: F 678, JH 1977; Still Life: Vase with Irises: F 680, JH 1978; Still Life: Vase with Roses: F 681, JH 1978; Still Life: Pink Roses in a Vase: F 682, JH 1979; Road with Cypress and Star: F 683, JH 1982; Landscape with Couple Walking and Crescent Moon: F 704, JH 1981; Portrait of Adeline Ravoux: F 768, JH 2035; Portrait of Adeline Ravoux: F 769, JH 2037; Landscape with the Chateau of Auvers at Sunset: F 770, JH 2040; Marguerite Gachet at the Piano: F 772, JH 2048; Undergrowth with Two Figures: F 773, JH 2041; Wheat Fields near Auvers: F 775, JH 2038; Green Wheat Fields: F 807, JH 1980|
28 June 1890
|Marguerite Gachet, Puvis, Delacroix, George Sand||Full Text||Marguerite Gachet at the Piano: F 772, JH 2048; Marguerite Gachet at the Piano: JH 2049; Wheat Fields near Auvers: F 775, JH 2038|
2 July 1890
|Dr. Gachet, Jo, Gauguin, Boussod, Walpole Brooke||I myself am also trying to do as well as I can, but I will not conceal from you that I hardly dare count on always being in good health. And if my disease returns, you would forgive me.||Young Peasant Woman with Straw Hat Sitting in the Wheat: F 774, JH 2053; Girl with Straw Hat, Sitting in the Wheat: JH 2054; Wheat Fields near Auvers: F 775, JH 2038; Undergrowth with Two Figures: F 773, JH 2041; Couple Walking between Rows of Trees: JH 2042; Wheat Fields: JH 2039|
7 July 1890 (not sent)
21 July 1882
|Mother, Dr. Gachet, Tanguy, Bernard, Prévost, Russell, Guillaumin, Jeannin||I should like him to have a soul less unquiet than mine, which is foundering.
I think that we must not count on Dr. Gachet at all. First of all, he is sicker than I am, I think, or shall we say just as much . . . .
circa 10 July 1890
|Daubigny's garden, Guillaumin, Mother||Back here, I still felt very sad and continued to feel the storm which threatens you weighing on me too. What was to be done--you see, I generally try to be fairly cheerful, but my life is also threatened at the very root, and my steps are also wavering.||Fields, The: F 761, JH 2120; Wheat Fields at Auvers Under Clouded Sky: F 781, JH 2102; Daubigny's Garden: F 777, JH 2105|
23 July 1890
|Gauguin, Hirschig, Koning, Voerman||Vincent's last letter mailed to Theo.||Daubigny's Garden: F 777, JH 2105; Thatched Sandstone Cottages in Chaponval: F 780, JH 2115; Wheat Fields at Auvers Under Clouded Sky: F 781, JH 2102; Plain Near Auvers: F 782, JH 2099|
23 July 1890
Vincent's last letter to Theo (unmailed).
Well, my own work, I am risking my life for it and my reason has half foundered because of it . . . .
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