From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Joseph Ginoux
Date: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Sunday, 2 February 1890
Private Collection / Musée des Lettres et Manuscrits, Brussels
The letter could date at the earliest from 1 February, because that was the day Van Gogh received word of the birth of his nephew, whom he mentions in this letter. He expects Lauzet to pay him a visit ‘any day now’ (ll. 38-39); Lauzet had left on Saturday, 18 January to spend two weeks in Marseille, and was supposed to pay Van Gogh a visit on his return trip. Van Gogh voices his concern for Mme Ginoux, which is something he also mentioned to Theo in his letter of 1 February (letter 850), and tells Ginoux that he was not able to carry out his plan of visiting him ‘around now’. He had intended to visit the couple within the next fortnight (see n. 1) – which would have been around the weekend of 1 February. Assuming that he would not have waited a long time to inform them that he was unable to come, and that he also wanted to share Theo’s good news with them, we have dated the letter to about Sunday, 2 February 1890.
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