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From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Hendrik Jan Furnee
Date: Hoogeveen, September 1883 more...
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b349 b V/1962
This deleted passage proves to have been the beginning of a letter; Van Gogh crossed it out, turned the sheet around, and used it for the second part of letter 388 to Theo. The lines 351-357 (‘The sermon ... handshake’) are written between this crossed-out fragment.
The order was probably intended for the Hague colourman Hendrik Jan Furnée (cf. letters 369 and 391). In letter 392 Van Gogh remarks: ‘For I’d had paint sent from Furnée’s’.
1. It has not yet been determined whether the following list refers to watercolours or oil paints. Van Gogh used both types of paint in Drenthe; but judging by the number of tubes, this order was most likely for oil paints. It is interesting that the list includes indigo, since the presence of this colour in his palette had previously been established only from June 1884 onwards – about nine months later. See letter 450, and cf. Carlo Derkert, ‘Theory and practice in van Gogh’s Dutch painting’, Konsthistorisk Tidskrift 15 (1946) 3-4, p. 99.