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
I still have to ask you to send me a few ordinary brushes as soon as possible, of more or less these sizes. At least here we have splendid sunshine. I scarcely believe that Impressionism will ever do more than the Romantics, for example. This morning I saw the countryside from my window a long time before sunrise with nothing but the morning star, which looked very big. These emotions I do not detest. I think that you would do well to wash the canvases that are quite quite dry with water and a little spirits of wine to remove the oil and the thinner from the impasto.
To Theo van Gogh. Saint-Remy-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. One has the impression that the artist has expelled his inner conflict onto a canvas. Everything here is brewed in a huge cosmic fusion. The sole exception is the village in the foreground with its architectural elements.
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. The town is blue and violet. The gaslight is yellow, and its reflections are red gold and go right down to green bronze.