My dear Theo,
Today I sent a parcel to your address containing 3 small panels and 9 watercolours.1 Please let me know whether you’ve received it. If there’s anything in it you like, so much the better. Ma is going on much the same. Am still working on various weavers, which you’ll get later.
Lies has left again,2 it’s a lot of hard work for Wil.

Ever yours,


Br. 1990: 431 | CL: 356
From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Nuenen, Wednesday, 13 February 1884

1. It is no longer possible to establish precisely which panels and watercolours these were. The small panels were most probably works that had been made in Drenthe, because in March Van Gogh says that he doesn’t feel inclined to send Theo the studies he had done in Nuenen. Cf. cat. Amsterdam 1999, pp. 46 (n. 7), 239.
2. Elisabeth looked after C.M.L. du Quesne van Bruchem-Van Willis; see letter 426, n. 1. Mr van Gogh had already told Theo in a letter dated Sunday, 10 February 1884: ‘Elisabeth leaves us tomorrow. We will all miss her greatly and it will be particularly hard on Willemien, who relied on her so much. Fortunately they have both recovered so much’ (FR b2252).