A number of still lifes can be identified in the light of the colour references later in the letter. See cat. Amsterdam 1999, pp. 167-176. The work referred to here is Basket of apples
(F 99 / JH 930
). It is clear from what Theo wrote to his sister Elisabeth
on 13 October 1885 that he had faith in Vincent’s work during this period: ‘You ask me about Vincent. He is one of those people who has seen the world at close quarters and has withdrawn from it. Now we shall have to wait and see whether he proves to have genius. I believe it and several with me, Bonger
among them. When his work comes right he will be a great man. As far as success goes, it may be the same for him as Heyerdahl
, appreciated by some, but not understood by the general public. Those
, however, who care whether there really
is something in an artist, or if it’s just pinchbeck, will esteem him and in consequence he will have had sufficient revenge for the displeasure expressed by so many’ (FR b903).