White Cottage Among the Olive Trees

White Cottage Among the Olive Trees

"Yesterday I sent 2 canvases to Marseille, I made a present of them to my friend Roulin, a white farmhouse among the olive trees...." To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Saturday, 4 January 1890
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15th of December 1889
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“It’s perfectly true that last year the crisis recurred at various times – but then, too, it was precisely by working that the normal state returned little by little. It will probably be the same on this occasion too. So act as if nothing were amiss, for we can do absolutely nothing about it. And what would be infinitely worse is to let myself slide into the state of my companions in misfortune who do nothing all day, week, month, year, as I’ve told you many times and repeated again to Mr Salles, making him promise never to recommend this asylum. The work makes me retain a little presence of mind still, and makes it possible that I can get out one day.  At the moment I have the paintings ripe in my mind, I see in advance the places that I still want to do in the coming months. Why would I change means of expression.  Once I’m back from here, let’s suppose, we’ll have to see a little if there’s really nothing to be done with my canvases, I would have a certain number of mine, a certain number of other people’s, and perhaps I’d try to do a little dealing. I don’t know in advance, but I see no reason not to do more of the canvases here that I’ll need were I to get out of here. Once again, I can foresee absolutely nothing, I see no way out, but I also see that my stay here cannot be prolonged indefinitely. Then, in order not to hurry anything or break it off suddenly, I’d wish to continue as usual as long as I’m here. Yesterday I sent 2 canvases to Marseille, i.e. I made a present of them to my friend Roulin, a white farmhouse among the olive trees, and a wheatfield with a background of lilac mountains and a dark tree, as in the large canvas I sent you.”

To Theo van Gogh. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Saturday, 4 January 1890

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 70 x 60 cm Size 20 Figure
Saint-Rémy: December, 1889
Private collection
Japan, Asia
F: 664, JH: 1865

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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