From: Paul Gauguin
To: Vincent van Gogh
Date: Pont-Aven, on or about Saturday, 8 September 1888
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b846 V/1962
The letter is a reply to a letter from Van Gogh written in the week prior to Saturday, 8 September (see letter 676). Vincent sent the present letter on to Theo on or about 11 September (679). On the assumption that he did this soon after he received it, we have dated the letter on or about Saturday, 8 September. The Météo-Francedata do not provide any further points of reference.
This letter is written on paper with the printed letterhead (crossed out) of the canvas manufacturer Dillies & Cie. Gauguin had worked as a sales representative for this company in 1884-1885, when he spent some months with his family in Copenhagen. See Wildenstein2001, p. 592. The present letter was probably sent together with an (unknown) letter from Bernard; cf. the wording at the beginning of letter 679. Van Gogh sent Gauguin’s letter on to Theo (see letter 679).
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