From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Anton Kerssemakers
Date: Nuenen, early May 1885
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b879 V/1962
There are few concrete data which help to date the letter precisely. It would, though, seem obvious to conclude that it was written following one of the meetings between Van Gogh and Kerssemakers. The word ‘more’ (l. 1*) suggests a recent contact, but they saw each other regularly during this period. If, however, the reason for Kerssemaker’s trip to Antwerp was the World Exhibition, which was staged there from 2 May to 2 November, the letter must date from May at the earliest. Van Gogh moreover sends a book by Hollidee. Since we assume that this is the same book he sent to Theo in Paris before the end of May – so that Theo had time to pass it on to Andries Bonger before 2 June (cf. n. 1) – we have dated the letter early May 1885.