The Thresher – after Millet

The Thresher – after Millet

"At present I have 7 copies out of ten of Millet’s Travaux des champs. I can assure you that it interests me enormously to make copies, and that not having any models for the moment it will ensure, however, that I don’t lose sight of the figure. What’s more, it will give me a studio decoration for myself or another." To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Friday, 20 September 1889
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Painting Date
19th of September 1889
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“It’s funny, just at the moment when I was making that copy of the Pietà by DelacroixI discovered where that canvas has gone. It belongs to a queen of Hungary or another country around there who has written poems under the name of Carmen Sylva. The article which talked of her and of the painting was by Pierre Loti, who made one feel that this Carmen Sylva was as a person yet more touching than what she writes – and yet she writes things like this: A woman without a child is like a bell without a clapper – the sound of the bronze would perhaps be very beautiful, but no one will hear it. At present I have 7 copies out of ten of Millet’s Travaux des champs. I can assure you that it interests me enormously to make copies, and that not having any models for the moment it will ensure, however, that I don’t lose sight of the figure.
What’s more, it will give me a studio decoration for myself or another.”

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

http://www.vangoghmuseum.nl/en/collection/s0171V1962

Painting, Oil on Canvas- 44 x 27 cm – Size 8 Marine
Saint-Rémy: September, 1889
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe
F: 692, JH: 1784

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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