From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Anthon van Rappard
Date: Nuenen, between about Tuesday, 21 and Friday, 24 July 1885
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. no. b8388 V/2006
Van Gogh is still waiting for Van Rappard’s reply to letter 517, and says ‘once more’ that unpleasant as he finds the disagreement which has arisen, he is nonetheless willing to regard it as a ‘misunderstanding’ (l. 8) which it must be possible to put right. He now urges him to come to a decision about their friendship, which has to be taken ‘this week’ (l. 13). From the next letter to Van Rappard, which was written on 27 July, it appears that Van Gogh wants to patch up the quarrel – this must have been in response to Van Rappard’s reply. We have therefore dated the letter between about Tuesday, 21 and Friday, 24 July 1885. Cf. letter 522, Date.
Van Rappard’s reaction to the lithograph of The potato eaters (503)