The Reaper after Millet

The Reaper after Millet

"When you say in your letter that I’ve never done anything but work, no – that’s not right – I myself am very, very discontented with my work, and the only thing that consoles me is that experienced people say that one must paint for 10 years for nothing. But what I’ve done is only those 10 years of unfortunate studies that didn’t come off. Now a better period could come, but I’ll have to strengthen the figure work, and I must refresh my memory by very close study of Delacroix, Millet. Then I’ll try to sort out my drawing. Yes, every cloud has a silver lining, it gives one more time for study." To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Friday, 20 September 1889
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19th of September 1889
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“When you say in your letter that I’ve never done anything but work, no – that’s not right – I myself am very, very discontented with my work, and the only thing that consoles me is that experienced people say that one must paint for 10 years for nothing. But what I’ve done is only those 10 years of unfortunate studies that didn’t come off. Now a better period could come, but I’ll have to strengthen the figure work, and I must refresh my memory by very close study of DelacroixMillet. Then I’ll try to sort out my drawing. Yes, every cloud has a silver lining, it gives one more time for study.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Friday, 20 September 1889

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 43.5 x 25 cm Size 6 marine
Saint-Rémy: September 19, 1889
Private collection
United Kingdom, Europe
F: 688, JH: 1783

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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