“Well, instead of continuing the letter I began to draw on the very paper the head of a dirty little girl I saw this afternoon whilst I was painting a view of the river with a greenish yellow sky.  This dirty ‘mudlark’ I thought yet had a vague florentine sort of figure like the heads in the Monticelli pictures, and reasoning and drawing this wise I worked on the letter I was writing to you. I enclose the slip of scribbling, that you may judge of my abstractions and forgive my not writing before as such.”

To John Peter Russell. Arles, on or about Sunday, 17 June 1888

Painting, Oil on Canvas Arles, France: June 17, 1888 Musée des Beaux-Arts La-Chaux-de-Fonds, Switzerland, Europe F: 535, JH: 1467