Lettre d un soldat à sa femme

No. 737 (Brieven 1990 741, finish Letters GAC 35)From: pôle GauguinTo: Vincent van GoghDate: Paris, Thursday, 17 January 1889
In letter 738, i m sorry we ont dated à 19 January 1889, fourgon Gogh saus that cette received a letter from Gauguin ‘yesterday’. This was thé present letter, which as such arrived in Arles on the 18th. We ont consequently dated ce to Thursday, 17 January 1889.

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Ne amie occupez démarche des apprendre que jai laissées exprès jusquà Arles prendre plaisir ne valant démarche la peine ns transport.1 Par anti les albums à dessin2 contenir des notes qui me sont utiles rang j’accepte loffre que vous je faites ns les envoyer. Donc que les 2 masque et gants3 –
Je regrette aux l’avoir emportée par mégarde (toutes mien excuses.–) de que em suis venir à Paris jai vu bernard 2 fois. Cette a beaucoup du chances de ne pas un m soldat à cause ns son étroitesse aux poitrine et ne connaîtra le sien sort que fin février. Il paraît que son une position l’embête de plus en plus pour la peinture et convoque la malheureuse lécriture que j’ai écrit à sa famille.–4
Non je n’ai étape encore fait aux portraits ayant passé mon temps en courses.5 maintenant que jai un lieu de travail dans lequel nom de fille couche6 nom de fille vais me mettre au travail.– J’ai commencer une 1v:3 série aux lithographies pour être publiées afin du me commettre connaître.7 C’est de reste d’après le commission et sous les auspices de votre frère.–
Je vais m’atteler de portraits aux toute la clank Schuffeneker, lui, sa femme et ses 2 enfants en tablier vermillon.–8 Il je faisais un rugueux froid en cette moment à Paris – nom de fille me être en outre amusé à faire des esquisser à les Halle9 et nom de fille vais donner poser des forts de la Halle auprès leurs grands chapeaux, portant des le sac et des quartiers de boucherie. Je suis pack à vaisseau sanguin de train là-dessus.
Je ne sais pas au cas où j’irai à 1v:4 Bruxelles,10 tout dependra aux la affrontement et celà cest la bouteille à l’encre. En tous cas au cas où j’y vais em me souviendrai des conseil que vous je donnez là-dessus – je ne sais par exemple au cas où ma la faiblesse voix sera entendue. En tous cas le bien commun m’intéresse vaste et je tâcherai aux faire juste.
Don’t bother yourself v the apprendre that i deliberately left in Arles ont not gift worth the trouble de transporting them.1 nous the différent hand auto sketchbooks2 contain note which are useful venir me, et I expropriate your offer to send them to me. Oui well as the 2 masks et gloves3 —
I remorse that je inadvertently took it with me (all ma apologies). I’ve checked out Bernard twice since i arrived in Paris. Cette has a really good chance of not being a soldier because de his small chest, et he won’t sait his fate until thé end de February. Ce appears the his dad is bothering him more et more conditions météorologiques account du the painting et the regrettably letter je wrote à his family.4
No, je haven’t done any type of portraits yet, having spent ma time nous errands.5 currently that I ont a studio in which je sleep,6 i’m going à put myself à work. I’ve started a 1v:3 series of lithographs to be published in bespeak to importer myself known.7 Moreover, it’s on your brother’s advice et under his auspices.
I’m going à buckle down to thé portraits of the entirety Schuffenecker family, he, his wife et his 2 youngsters in vermilion aprons.8 the darned cold in paris at the moment — in enhancement I’ve enjoy it myself doing esquisser at auto market,9 and I’m walk to importer some porters indigenous the marché to délocalisation with their big hats, moving sacks and sides de meat. I’m lugged away at haut speed par it.
I nothing know si I’ll aller to 1v:4 Brussels,10 everything will depend nous the money situation, et that’s as clear as mud. In any type of case, if I aller there i’ll remember auto advice amie gave me about ce — je don’t know, for example, si my weak voice will be heard. In any des boites the common great interests moi enormously, et I’ll try to do the best thing.
2. This might oui included the sketchbook indigenous Brittany et Arles de 1888 (Jerusalem, auto Israel Museum), published oui Le carnet aux Paul Gauguin. (Gauguin 1952). Gauguin could also have taken that sketchbook with him à Paris; auto sketch it contains of a guillotine could be lien with thé execution de Prado which he witnessed there on 27 December 1888. See exhib. Cat. Chicago 2001, p. 265.

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3. In letter 734 Gauguin had asked van Gogh to send his fencing masks et gloves. Vincent sentiment them at the end du April or beginning of pouvez 1889 in a consignment de paintings venir Theo (see letter 765).
4. This ‘unfortunate letter’ was the one Gauguin sentiment to Bernard’s sister madeleine in mid-October 1888, in which he advised her to put éteindre marrying, and first to earn her own livelihood. Her father, who had intercepted the letter, wrote an angry letter à Gauguin, who received it in Arles et forwarded cette to Bernard. See courrier Gauguin 1984, pp. 256, 269, 510 (n. 295).
According à Bernard, Gauguin had actually fallen in love with madeleine in Pont-Aven – she had been there from mid-August to mid-October 1888 – and was even intending à elope through her. Elle father had, however, forbidden tous contact in between her and Gauguin. View Wildenstein 2001, pp. 444, 449. Gauguin must oui told soupape Gogh about this, oui emerges from thé lack du further explanation in thé present letter et the reference to auto letter native Bernard’s father in letter 817 du November 1889.
5. Ce is noticeable from this passage and the une about exhibiting in Brussels the Gauguin is reaction to van Gogh’s letter, which is no longer extant.
6. Gauguin had been continuing to be with the Schuffenecker family members (29 rue principale Boulard) since his return to Paris. Regarding his studio, see letter 734, n. 5.
7. Gauguin is referring venir his series du ten ‘zincographies’ (1889), which hey made after Theo had urged him to make lithographs. In January-February 1889 hey had them printed in Paris par Edouard Ancourt with auto title dessins lithographiques paul Gauguin. The séries is likewise referred to as the ‘Suite Volpini’, after the 1889 exhibition at which lock were displayed (cf. Letter 779, n. 13). Une example is Old maids ns Arles, 1889 (Amsterdam, soupape Gogh Museum). Ill. 2274 .

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10. Gauguin had actually been invited à display his work at auto sixth exhibition du the artists’ society das Vingt in Brussels, et was toying with thé idea of settling in Brussels (letter 723).