From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Arles, Saturday, 12 May 1888
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b527 V/1962
Van Gogh says that he has been to see the justice of the peace, a visit that must have taken place on Saturday (see n. 1). Since he said in letter 607 of 10 May that this is what he was intending to do, he must have gone on 12 May. The weather reports also tell us that the mistral was blowing on 11 and 12 May, and Van Gogh mentions it in ll. 56-57 (Météo-France). We have therefore dated the letter the day of the visit to the justice of the peace, Saturday, 12 May 1888.
Dispute with the hotel-keeper Carrel about the bill (606)
Van Gogh is staying at Café de la Gare (606)
First consignment of paintings from Arles (606)
- Farmhouse in a wheatfield (
F - / JH 1418), letter sketch. In the sketch: ‘bleu’ (blue) in the sky; ‘vert’ (green) at the top of the foremost tree; ‘lilas’ (lilac) diagonally on the trunk; ‘vert’ in the tree at right rear; ‘jaune’ (yellow) on the road; ‘rose’ (pink) on the building; ‘vert’ on the field in the foreground.
- View of Arles with irises in the foreground (
F - / JH 1418), letter sketch. In the sketch: ‘Bleu’ (Blue) in the sky; ‘vert gris’ (greyish green) above the trees in the centre; ‘Jaune’ (Yellow) above the fence; ‘Vert & violet’ (Green and violet) in the foreground.