My dear sister,
A few lines to tell you that I’m very pleased that you’re in Paris with Theo and Jo. And no need to tell you that I think of all of you every day.
Fortunately, a quite violent attack of exaltation or delirium is again behind me and I don’t feel any after-effects, so to speak, I am as I am every day.
And I’m going to begin work again first thing tomorrow if the weather permits. Today we have a very mild day with a spring sun, one would say. And yesterday while out walking I saw dandelions already in flower in the meadows, which will be shortly followed by the daisies and violets. I find the winter very beautiful here and absolutely the same thing as in the north, only a bit brighter.  1v:2
Yesterday I sent some paintings to Paris – and the one of the women picking olives I designated for you and Mother.1 You’ll see, I think, that in a white frame it takes on quite a soft colour effect, the opposition of the pink and the green.
Soon I’ll send a few more that are drying at the moment, some more mountains,2 and a view of the garden here with tall pines3
I shan’t write any more to you today because the letter must go off. I’m very glad that you’re there, and I hope that the great event will pass happily for Jo.
More soon.

Ever yours,


Br. 1990: 839 | CL: W17
From: Vincent van Gogh
To: Willemien van Gogh
Date: Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Saturday, 4 January 1890

1. Women picking olives (F 655 / JH 1869 [2879]).
2. Van Gogh must be referring to the painting Ravine (F 661 / JH 1871 [2881]); in an earlier letter he had told Theo that it was not yet dry (see letter 836).
3. Pine trees with setting sun (F 652 / JH 1843 [2863]).