From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Arles, between about Sunday, 14 and about Wednesday, 17 April 1889
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b631 V/1962
Vincent tells Theo about Signac’s proposal to come and paint in Cassis (ll. 43-44). This means that he must have received Signac’s letter of 12 April (letter 757). Thus the present letter was written on 13 April at the earliest. Furthermore, he hopes that the wedding has gone according to Theo’s liking (ll. 36-37). The marriage was solemnized on 18 April, but its date does not provide a foothold for the dating of this letter, because Vincent did not know exactly which day Theo was to be married (see letter 756, l. 9). It does look as though the letter was sent to Amsterdam, because he had been expecting to hear from his brother ‘these last few days’ (l. 4); he also assumes that the following letter, of 21 April, will arrive when Theo is back in Paris (letter 760, l. 2).
Moreover, the letter must date from before 19 April, because Van Gogh still intends to rent an apartment (ll. 27 ff.), whereas this plan had been abandoned by 19 April, as Salles informed Theo in a letter (see letter 756 n. 6).
It is not possible to give a more precise dating; on the basis of the information outlined above, we have dated the letter to between about Sunday, 14 and about Wednesday, 17 April 1889.
Theo’s engagement and marriage to Jo Bonger (728)