From: Paul Gauguin
To: Vincent van Gogh
Date: Pont-Aven, between about Saturday, 17 and about Monday, 19 March 1888
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b840 V/1962
Gauguin thanks Van Gogh for his reply to letter 581 of about 29 February 1888. Cooper dated the present letter to about 19 March 1888; Merlhès to about 14-16 March; but neither put forward any arguments for this. In any event the letter dates from before about 21 March since this is when Vincent sent it on to Theo, enclosed with letter 588. Since Gauguin complains of the ‘continual wind and rain’ (l. 19) and the wind began to strengthen in the west in the evening of the 16th, we have dated the letter between about Saturday, 17 and about Monday, 19 March 1888. See Gauguin lettres 1983, p. 209, Correspondance Gauguin 1984, p. 174 and Météo-France.
The letter was sent on to Theo with letter 588.
Gauguin’s illness (581)