Vincent van Gogh

In the year 1885 Vincent van Gogh wrote a letter to his brother Theo, mentioning that he ordered colours from the company Schoenfeld (LUKAS) in Dusseldorf.


"Dear Theo,

I just want to tell you in a view lines, that I have finished a few works which I like to send you. (...)

I am also curious to the new l´Hermitte, if there is one released this month.

I have ordered colours from Schoenfeld in Dusseldorf of some shades which I couldn´t get here well.

That the picture with the potatoe eaters is not good in some details, is caused by the colours. I was reminded, because I painted a big stillife and was searching for similar colours; I was not satisfied as even then the results were the same and I overpainted it. Initiated by this experience, I should have had a better result with the mineral blue, what I have now, instead of the old one.

Best regards, g.d.D. Vincent"


Quotation translated from: Van Goghs Briefe, Vincent Van Goghs Briefe an seinen Bruder, letter 414, published by Gesins van Gogh-Bonges, volume II, Insel Verlag, 1988, page 708f.


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