“Have just finished portrait of young girl of 12, brown eyes, black hair and eyebrows, flesh yellow grey, the background white, strongly tinged with veronese, jacket blood-red with violet stripes, skirt blue with large orange spots, an oleander flower in her sweet little hand.
I’m so worn out from it that I hardly have a head for writing.”

To Emile Bernard. Arles, Sunday, 29 July 1888

“Now, if you know what a ‘mousmé’ is (you’ll know when you’ve read Loti’s Madame Chrysanthème),  I’ve just painted one. It took me my whole week, I wasn’t able to do anything else, having been not too well again. That’s what annoys me, if I’d been well I’d have knocked off some more landscapes in between times. But in order to finish off my mousmé I had to save my mental powers. A mousmé is a Japanese girl — Provençale in this case — aged between 12 and 14. That makes 2 figures, the Zouave, and her, that I have.”

To Theo van Gogh. Arles, Sunday, 29 July 1888

“I also have the portrait of a girl of 12, brown eyes, black hair and eyebrows, yellowish matt complexion.  She sits in a cane chair, a blood-red and violet striped jacket, a deep blue skirt with orange dots, a branch of oleander in her hand.  The background light green, almost white.”

To Willemien van Gogh. Arles, Tuesday, 31 July 1888

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 74 x 60 Size 20 Figure Arles: July 28, 1888 National Gallery of Art Washington D.C., United States of America, North America F: 431, JH: 1519