1888, September in Arles

I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. (September, 1888 in Arles)
This was a line from the letter Vincent wrote to his brother.
Here’s what followed the quote:
“You are kind to painters, and I tell you, the more I think it over, the more I feel that there is nothing more truly artistic than to love people. You will say that then it would be a good thing to do without art and artists. That is true in the first instance, but then the Greeks and the French and the old Dutchmen accepted art, and we see how art always comes to life again after inevitable periods of decadence, and I do not think that anyone is the better for abhorring artists and their art. At present I do not think my pictures worthy of the advantages I have received from you. But once they are worthy, I swear that you will have created them as much as I, and that we are making them together.”

 

Vincent received a 50 franc note from Theo which was a consistent routine between them. Vincent’s standard of life was reflective to the financial help he received from his younger brother. His teeth were no good, kept expenditure to absolute minimum. Lodging had been settled somewhat stable after moving in to the Yellow House, but money was never a luxury he could offer.

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