Vincent’s Chair with his Pipe

Vincent’s Chair with his Pipe

"In the meantime I can tell you anyway that the last two studies are rather funny. No. 30 canvases, a wooden and straw chair all yellow on red tiles against a wall (daytime). Then Gauguin’s armchair, red and green, night effect, on the seat two novels and a candle. On sailcloth in thick impasto. " To Theo van Gogh. Arles, on or about Monday, 19 November 1888
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18th of November 1888
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“Gauguin was telling me the other day — that he’d seen a painting by Claude Monet of sunflowers in a large Japanese vase, very fine. But — he likes mine better. I’m not of that opinion — only don’t think that I’m weakening. I regret as always, as you know, the scarcity of models, the thousand obstacles to overcome that difficulty.  If I were a completely different man and if I were wealthier I could force it, at present I’m not giving up and am plodding on quietly.  If at the age of forty I do a painting of figures like the flowers Gauguin was talking about. I’ll have a position as an artist alongside anything.  So, perseverance.
In the meantime I can tell you anyway that the last two studies are rather funny. No. 30 canvases, a wooden and straw chair all yellow on red tiles against a wall (daytime). Then Gauguin’s armchair, red and green, night effect, on the seat two novels and a candle. On sailcloth in thick impasto. What I say about sending back studies, there’s no hurry at all, and I’m referring to the bad ones which, however, will serve me as documents — or those that are cluttering up your apartment. As to what I say in general about the studies, I’m set on just one thing: that the position is quite clear. Don’t trade on my behalf outside the firm; as for me, either I’ll never return to the Goupils, which is more than likely, or I’ll return straightforwardly, which is quite impossible.  One more handshake, and thanks for everything you’re doing for me.”

To Theo. Arles, on or about Monday, 19 November 1888

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 93 x 73.5 cm Size 30 Figure
Arles: November 18, 1888
National Gallery
London, United Kingdom, Europe
F: 498, JH: 1635

Where Vincent Was:
Arles

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