1. Vincent wrote this in letter 768 of 3 May 1889. On 8 May he travelled with the Rev. Salles by train to Saint-Rémy, and was admitted that same day to the asylum.
2. Rue des Petits-Carreaux, a street off rue Réaumur, to the north of Les Halles.
3. Theo repeats this story about the horses in letter 900.
4. Salles’s letter about his preparatory visit to the asylum and Vincent’s telegram have not survived. In a letter dated 10 May 1889, Salles informed Theo about the trip and Vincent’s admission: ‘Our journey to Saint-Rémy took place in excellent circumstances. Mr Vincent was perfectly calm, and himself explained his case to the director, like a man who is fully aware of his situation. He stayed with me until I left, and when I took leave of him, he thanked me warmly, and seemed somewhat moved at the thought of the entirely new life he was about to lead in this establishment’ (Notre voyage à St. Rémy s’est effectué dans d’excellentes conditions. M. Vincent était parfaitement calme et a expliqué lui-même son cas au directeur, comme un homme qui a pleine conscience de sa situation. Il est resté avec moi jusqu’à mon départ et quand j’ai pris congé de lui, il m’a chaleureusement remercié et a paru quelque peu ému à la pensée de la vie toute nouvelle qu’il allait mener dans cette maison). (FR b1052).
5. Jean-François Raffaëlli, The absinthe drinkers, c. 1880-1881 (private collection). Ill. 1230 . See exhib. cat. Paris 1889-2, p. 169, no. 2231. Jo had gone with Theo to see the exhibition, which she described in detail in a letter to her sister Mien (FR b4287, 11 May 1889).
Portraits of Judith and of Gabrielle, 1889 (Lyon, Musée des Beaux-Arts). Ill. 1233 . See exhib. cat. Paris 1889-2, p. 169, no. 2230.
7. Zorn’s painting Ute, 1888 (Göteborgs Konstmuseum) was exhibited at the Salon under the title A l’air; – Suède (Out of doors – Sweden). Ill. 1448 . See exhib. cat. Paris 1889-2, p. 210, no. 2765. This is Theo’s response to Vincent’s question about which of Zorn’s works were exhibited at the Salon (letter 768).
8. Thomas Alexander Harrison, In Arcady, c. 1886 (Paris, Musée d’Orsay). Ill. 922 . It was shown at the 1886 Salon. See exhib. cat. Paris 1886-1, p. 96, no. 1168.
9. The triptych Nativity of Christ by Friedrich von Uhde, which Theo mentions, is actually Holy night (central panel: The nativity of Christ), 1888-1889 (Dresden, Gemäldegalerie Neue Meister). Ill. 438 . See exhib. cat. Paris 1889-2, p. 198, no. 2595.
10. Vincent wrote this in letter 768.