A rare letter written by Van Gogh and Gauguin auction - The Point

This is a consignment presented as a single, which will be auctioned on Tuesday, June 16, at Paris, by OVA - collections Aristophil and Drouot : a letter writte

A rare letter written by Van Gogh and Gauguin auction - The Point

This is a consignment presented as a single, which will be auctioned on Tuesday, June 16, at Paris, by OVA - collections Aristophil and Drouot : a letter written by Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin. She would be the only letter known signed both painters. This text, sent to another painter, Emile Bernard, was written in November 1888, shortly after the Dutch Van Gogh had painted several of his best-known paintings, such as The Bedroom of Van Gogh in Arles, or The Chair, reports us television network CNN.

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In this letter, Van Gogh (with a spelling and a grammar of its own) tells Emile Bernard the impression that he is Gauguin : "a virgin to the instinct of the wild. With Gauguin blood and sex prevail over ambition," he wrote. Then Vinvent Van Gogh evokes the creation of an association of painters. "I don't think that you will be able to amaze a lot if I tell you that our discussions tend to address the topic terrible of an association of certain painters. This association must or may be yes or not of a commercial character", can be read in the transcript of the letter.

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Working in brothels

and Then, are addressed by the joy-riding of the two painters in the brothels : "We have made some excursions in the brothels and it is likely that we will eventually go often to work there. Gauguin was in this moment making a canvas of the same night café (sic) that I also painted, but with figures seen in the brothels. This promises to become a beautiful chôse". It is then up to Paul Gauguin to take the pen. "Don't listen to Vincent, he has as you know the admiration and easy indulgence dito," he wrote. CNN reminds us that Van Gogh was known to travel often in brothels throughout his life. He has also painted portraits of several prostitutes.

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The correspondence known of Van Gogh consists of about 900 letters he wrote or received. It is estimated to be between 200 000 and 250 000, ad Drouot on its website.

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Updated Date: 08 June 2020, 22:33

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