From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Paris, on or about Sunday, 28 February 1886
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b499 V/1962
Vincent did not go to Nuenen from Antwerp, as he had considered doing; instead – apparently without Theo’s knowledge – he went straight to Paris. This must have been influenced by the need to give notice on his room before the start of the new month (March). The note was written after Van Gogh arrived in Paris; he took it for granted that Theo would be able to meet him that same morning. We assume that Vincent wanted to avoid having to spend money on boarding-houses in Antwerp or Paris, and that he had to communicate by note because he was unwilling or unable to speak to Theo straightaway. We have therefore dated the letter on or about Sunday, 28 February 1886.
Van Gogh tore this sheet from the sketchbook in which he had already started making drawings and notes while he was in Antwerp. See for the reconstruction of the original place of the sheet in this book: Van der Wolk 1987, pp. 184-187 (SB 6, 60-63). Also in pencil in Theo’s writing a laundry list and the date 6 March. There is a similar list on letter 416.