Vincent van Gogh Quotes (Author of The Letters of Vincent van Gogh)
Van Gogh’s Night Visions
Between November of and July of , Vincent van Gogh painted almost paintings. Since his death, he has become one of the most famous painters in the world. The following excerpts are from letters that Van Gogh wrote expressing how he evolved as a painter. Don't you think I am right to consider it so? But he was persistent.
Arles, on or about Saturday, 29 September Thank you very much for your letter and for the franc note it contained. How I think of you and of Gauguin and of Bernard , everywhere and at all times! Included herewith little croquis of a square no. The sky is green-blue, the water is royal blue, the areas of land are mauve. The town is blue and violet. The gaslight is yellow, and its reflections are red gold and go right down to green bronze.
It is not good that the pains in the leg have come back - my god - it would be good it if it was possible if you could live in the Midi too, because I always think that we need each other, and the sun and good weather and the blue air are the strongest remedy. The weather here remains beautiful, and if it is always like this then it would be better than the paradise of those painters who are in Japan itself. I think about you and Gauguin and about Bernard all the time and everywhere. It is so beautiful and I would so like to see everybody here. Included a small sketch of a 30 square canvas - in short the starry sky painted by night, actually under a gas jet.
To Theo van Gogh. Arles, Monday, 7 January 1889.
Dear Theo: Letters From Vincent Van Gogh
With his bright sunflowers, searing wheat fields and blazing yellow skies, Vincent van Gogh was fanatic about light. But as I was so to begin with, I only enjoy it. Van Gogh was also enthralled with night, as he wrote to his brother Theo that same year: "It often seems to me that the night is much more alive and richly colored than the day The problem of painting night scenes and effects on the spot and actually by night interests me enormously. What van Gogh fixed on, by daylight or at night, gave the world many of its most treasured paintings. His Sunflowers , says critic Robert Hughes, "remains much the most popular still life in the history of art, the botanical answer to the Mona Lisa.