From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Theo van Gogh
Date: Arles, Tuesday, 16 October 1888
Amsterdam, Van Gogh Museum, inv. nos. b599 V/1962 (sheet 1) and d311 V/1970 (sheet 2)
In his last letter of Monday, 15 October Van Gogh was still recovering from the exhaustion brought on by the work of the previous week (704); in the present letter he reports that he has started work again. He wrote to Gauguin that he had had two and a half days of rest (letter 706). He had done his last painting on Saturday, 13 October (letter 703), so he must in any event have rested on Sunday, 14 and Monday, 15 October. On these grounds we have dated the present letter Tuesday, 16 October 1888.
The enclosed sketch is the same size as the letter and was drawn on the same squared paper. Both have one crease. There is no indication that the sheets were ever part of a single folded sheet (there are no visible traces of the ink from the drawing on the letter).
Theo’s health problems (611)
- The bedroom (
F - / JH 1609), enclosed sketch