The Canal with Washerwomen – La Roubine du Roi

The Canal with Washerwomen – La Roubine du Roi

"Do you remember among the small drawings a wooden bridge with a washing-place — a view of a town in the background? I’ve just painted that subject in large format." To Theo van Gogh. Arles, on or about Monday, 25 June 1888
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“Do you remember among the small drawings a wooden bridge with a washing-place — a view of a town in the background? I’ve just painted that subject in large format.
I must warn you that everyone will find that I work too quickly.
Don’t you believe a word of it.
Isn’t it the emotion, the sincerity of our feeling for nature, that leads us and — if these emotions are sometimes so strong that we work — without feeling that we’re working — when sometimes the brushstrokes come in a sequence and in relation one to another like the words in a speech or a letter — then we have to remember that it hasn’t always been like that, and that in the future there will also be quite a few heavy days without inspiration. So we have to strike while the iron’s hot and lay aside the bars we forge.”

To Theo van Gogh. Arles, on or about Monday, 25 June 1888

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas
Arles, France: June 24, 1888
Collection Josephy Albritton
Washington D.C., United States of America, North America
F: 427, JH: 1490

Where Vincent Was:
Arles

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