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For me there are no obscene pictures or books; there are only poorly conceived and poorly executed ones. You can only have enough courage and strength to do what you consider to be right. Maybe it turns out that was wrong, but still you would have done his, and it is most important. Same is that I cannot draw a human face if I don't know what's going on his mind and heart. In order to paint life one must understand not only anatomy, but what people feel and think about the world they live in.
The painter who knows his own craft and nothing else will turn out to be a very superficial artist. There are not only poison but also antidotes. Gone were the flat, thin surfaces. Gone was the sentimental sobriety. Gone was the brown gravy in which Europe had been bathing its pictures for centuries.
Here were pictures riotously mad with the sun. With light and air and throbbing vivacity. Paintings of ballet girls backstage, done in primitive reds, greens, and blues thrown next to each other irreverantly.
He looked at the signature. All the talks about God are just childish elusion, just a lie that calms a scared and lonely ordinary mortal in a dark and neverending night. I should like to. Cousin Vincent. The food for tomorrow comes from. It was full of saw mills. Vincent stopped and said. The quarter was cut through with many small canals.
When illness comes they have no money for a doctor. One day he took Vincent through an interesting part of the city. The congregation was prosperous. He remembered the slums of London.
Their houses. Uncle Stricker's sermons were beautiful and comforting. I did. They've made a bad bargain with life. When they think of God. His mental image flashed to Uncle Stricker's church. He is a prosperous old gentleman.
Uncle Jan. How many hours a day have you been working? At midnight Uncle Jan came in. It was difficult for the vice- admiral to adjust himself to the thought of failure in the Van Gogh family. Between eighteen and twenty. He was at last beginning to understand that hard work is but a poor substitute for natural ability. He had need only to learn his Latin and Greek.
So you will kindly get to bed. He had no need for sleep. Six months had passed since he first came to Amsterdam. He pushed aside his language books and opened his algebra. Vincent said. But the question that racked him night and day was. This was not a statement of fact. If it had been a simple question of the difficulty of the work. One afternoon late in May.
The two men went into the street. I should be glad to accompany you. Mendes always bathed one's thought in the deep well of his mellow wisdom before he returned it. There was a profound resilience about the man. Vincent looked up at him quickly. Mendes had a habit of piercing to the heart of a problem before one even mentioned it. He was the only. I had planned to go for a little stroll. With Uncle Jan and Uncle Stricker. The air is very clear after the rains. Rembrandt had to paint.
The chief value of art. His life was complete and successful when he died. Rembrandt fulfilled what he knew to be his life purpose. The book of his life closed then. Whether he painted well or badly didn't matter. Even if his work had been worthless. Suppose he had been wrong? What if the world had been right in neglecting him? The quality of his perseverance and loyalty to his idea is what was important. We must act according to the best dictates of our reason.
Suppose he thinks there is something special he must do with his life. Shall we walk along the dyke to Zeeburg? The Jewish churchyard is there and we can sit for a moment where my people are buried. The masts of the ships and the row of old houses and trees on the waterfront were standing out against the colour and everything was reflected in the Zee. Mendes filled his pipe and passed the paper sack to Vincent.
It may turn out to be wrong. There was a stone bench near the plot reserved for the da Costa family. Don't be afraid to put your trust in it. It was very simple. Vincent put away his pipe. If you had remained an art dealer. If you are certain at this moment that you want to serve Our Maker in one way or another. The churchyard was deserted at this hour of the evening.
By now they had reached the Jewish churchyard. I mean qualified to become the sort of academic clergyman that the University turns out. Vincent stood at the window overlooking the Yard. Whatever you will do. Some day you will express yourself fully.
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Many times in your life you may think you are failing. The same applies to your teaching. The little avenue of poplars with their slender forms and thin branches stood. What you say helps me. You will return to London as an evangelist. The stone bench under him was cold and the sun had gone down behind the sea. He rose. Mijnheer da Costa. I have felt the quality of the stuff that goes to make you a man.
I belong with the humble and suffering Now. I never wanted to have a big church and preach polished sermons. Vincent turned away from the window. He was obviously unfitted for the life of the study. If he went out tomorrow as an evangelist.
He could not work more than twenty hours a day. Not Five Years From Now! He realized that his father and Uncle Jan and Uncle Stricker had spent a great deal of time and money on him in the past year. They would consider it entirely wasted if he gave up.
The lamplighter came to light the lantern in the Yard. He had begun too late. In the distance Vincent could see the masts of the ships in the docks. He packed his bag quickly and walked out of the house without saying good-bye. They would say he could never succeed. His own position was little enough to give up for God. If he cured the sick. The family would say it was. Ultimately you will express yourself and that expression will justify your life. He knew where his place was in the world.
His family would scorn him. They walked down the street between precipices of six-story stone buildings.
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De Jong had lost a thumb in mechanical labour while a young man. Vincent visited the Committee and was accepted as a pupil. Vincent struggled to find something to reply. The two boys concocted smooth.
I shall be happy to chat with you. The master wished to teach them to be good speakers. Vincent's two companions were country boys of nineteen. Van Gogh. The Reverend Pietersen stopped. They were put in charge of Master Bokma. These two immediately became good friends. He spread his lecture before him and began to read.
Vincent worked slowly over his sermons. Vincent's nerves were worn to a biting edge from the year in Amsterdam. His classmates laughed outright at his stumbling attempts and Bokma joined their merriment. In class the following day the two boys spoke airily about Jesus Christ and salvation.
Then it came Vincent's turn. He felt deeply what he had to say and when he rose in class the words would not come with any degree of ease. Who will listen to you? Bokma would not even listen. He laboured far into the night to make his compositions meaningful. I regret to say that we have no appointment for you. My work is good. His two classmates were already there when he arrived. In November he was summoned to the church to meet with the Committee and get his appointment. The Reverend Pietersen did not look at him when he came in.
His appetite left him and he became thin and jumpy. The Reverend de Jong congratulated the boys on their successful work and gave them appointments to Hoogstraeten and Etichove. At last all the obstacles in his way had been removed and he felt a tired gratification. Vincent produced four times as many sermons as was demanded of him. The classmates left the room arm in arm. On the ground lay a skull and at a distance in the background the bleached skeleton of a.
Without knowing why he was walking. After what seemed a long time Vincent asked. An old white horse. The first rule of our Church is absolute obedience. The spot was lonely and desolate. Soon he left the houses behind and came to an open field.
Your master feels you are not qualified to preach. He passed quickly through the city streets and found himself in Laeken. He turned and stroked the emaciated neck of the animal. There were a few water-colours on the walls and an easel in one corner. Pietersen chatted of casual things as though nothing had happened. He applied a match to the tobacco but it tasted strangely bitter.
But I. Pietersen led him into the front room. Vincent heard every word he said with a terrible clarity. He sat down on a log in the field. I didn't know. After a time there rose in his mind the thought of God.
Some little feeling returned to flood out the numbness. They walked along streets thronged with working people on their way to the evening meal. I will find a way to serve Him. The old white horse came over and rubbed his nose against Vincent's back. Their homes are tumble- down shacks where their wives and children spend most of the year shivering with cold. Practically every man in the district goes down into the charbonnages. Pietersen had a daughter.
Pietersen went on speaking of inconsequential things while Vincent forced himself. I recently spent some time there. They work in the midst of thousands of ever-recurring dangers. He laid down his fork. Why was Pietersen torturing him? Suddenly his mind became rivetted to what Pietersen was saying. I had an answer from him this afternoon. And even if it doesn't.
With your strength and enthusiasm you could do a great deal of fine work.. He says he will support you in the Borinage until I can secure you a regular appointment.. The poor people of this country need men like you. The Committee. I know. When the Committee sees what splendid work you are doing it will surely relent. I wrote to your father the other day explaining the situation.
Vincent gazed at them with pleasure and relief after the monotonous flat country of. He turned to the man sitting next to him and asked. Do you see that little car just about to reach the point of the hill? Watch it for a moment. Each one stood utterly by itself. Wasmes struggled up the side of the hill in two winding rows of dirty. He had been studying them only a few minutes when he discovered that they were curious mountains.
I've been watching them go up into the air a fraction of an inch every day for the past fifty years. The town was located in the hollow of a bleak valley. He felt in her the nature that understands things without going to all the trouble of thinking about them. Madame Denis welcomed Vincent heartily.
Vincent liked it immediately. The place had been scrubbed by Madame Denis's thick. He was so excited he could not even unpack his things. Petit Wasmes was the miners' village. It was to this house Vincent made his way. As Vincent walked up the long hill he wondered why the village was so deserted. Not a man was to be seen anywhere. It could boast of only one brick building. Around Marcasse were poor miners' huts with. On the east side of the Denis house was a steep ravine in which were located most of the miners' huts.
The tall chimneys. As Vincent walked down the road he observed the thorn hedges around the gardens and fields that had been turned black from the smoke of the mine chimneys. Across the field there was a hollow road grown over with thorn bushes and torn up by the roots of gnarled trees. He is a foreman at Marcasse and can tell you many things you will want to know for your work. It had a bad reputation because so many men had perished in it.
There were two squat. Although Marcasse was only one of a string of seven mines owned by the Charbonnages Belgique. They were dressed in coarse. It was a gloomy spot.
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The glare of the feeble afternoon sunlight hurt their eyes after they had laboured in the darkness of the earth since before dawn.
They were small people with narrow. All were completely black and looked like chimney sweeps. Vincent understood now why the village had been deserted that afternoon. It was not without reason that they were called gueules noires. After he had been standing there for some time the miners began to pour out of the gate. They stumbled out of the gate. Monsieur Vincent. For the sake of money they take the part of the owners and forget they once slaved in the mines.
He probably won't last the winter out. They will listen to nobody's advice but his. When he heard that Vincent was an. When we have strikes he is the only one with any influence over the miners. His head was bald.
Antennae of hair shot out from his nostrils. But Jacques is faithful and honest. He was short and stoop shouldered. As soon as they move from Petit Wasmes to Wasmes they begin to look at things differently. Every man who goes down gets it. Shall I take him down to see Henri Decrucq? It will do him no harm to hear the full truth.
My mother taught me to read a little. But life here goes on just as it always has. I was already twenty-nine when I became a foreman. Nevertheless it has not been so bad for me these past few years. Jacques was silent for a moment and then said. After walking to the front door and spitting into the road several times. Jacques again took his seat in the warm kitchen and gently pulled on the hairs of his ear. But the miners.
I have a little brick house on the road leading down to Wasmes. My lungs were gone by then. For myself I have nothing to complain. The miners' huts were simple wooden hovels of one room. About half-way down they came to Decrucq's shack.
The Decrucq's cabin was exactly the same as all the others in the ravine. Madame Decrucq answered the knock. The Decrucqs. In each of the rear corners there was a bed. Madame Decrucq swung open the upper half of the door to see who was there and then bade the two men enter. They had not been put up with any plan. It had an earthen floor. The goat slept under the children's bed. A light shone through the tiny window at the rear.
The furnishings consisted of an oval stove. Jacques Verney turned back to Vincent apologetically. Vincent stumbled after Jacques. We are glad to have you here. That was a memento of the day when the cage in which he was descending had plunged a hundred metres like a stone in a well and killed his twenty-nine companions.
And I bid your friend welcome. His coarse. But he was a fighter. Most of the juice was gone out of her. When he walked he dragged one leg after him. She was faded. If we do not get killed by grisou. The askew dimple gave his face an amused look. We descend Marcasse at three in the morning.
When we take the coal from the couche there is no room to stand up. Do I tell lies. Here in the Borinage we are not even slaves. So we must work naked. By twenty we have the fever and lung trouble. It is black down there. We begin to descend. The more he took. A dimple. Madame Decrucq had gone to sit on her bed in the far corner. If they cut off fifty centimes a day we would starve to death! We would not be able to bring up their charbon.
The years pushing coal cars. A one-room shack and just enough food to keep us swinging a pick. If we get sick we are put out without a franc. Once or twice a year. Decrucq dragged his bad leg from Jacques back to Vincent. She listened to her husband while he spoke. What do we eat? We are on the margin of death. The faint glow of the kerosene lamp put her half in shadow.
From eight to forty. Their skin was pasty and sallow they saw the sun only on Sundays. Vincent searched very hard to find the most appropriate message for his opening sermon.
They were thin and pale from fever. Vincent found that the miners were ignorant and untaught. The desolate feeling of the landscape was gone too. He cleaned the place thoroughly and then carried in benches for the people. After Vincent had been there a few days he held his first religious meeting in a rough shed in back of the Denis bakery.
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They were simple and good natured like the Brabant people in Zundert and Etten. Vincent found them attractive. They had the deep-set. The only light was from a kerosene lamp which Vincent borrowed.
The miners came at five with their families. He finally selected Acts. The miners sat in the dark on the rough benches. God's word. The whole of Petit Wasmes called him Monsieur Vincent with affection. There was not a hut in the village to which he had not brought food and comfort. God wills that in imitation of Jesus Christ man should live humbly and go through life not reaching after lofty aims. He is not without splendour or glamour.
The number of bed-ridden miners. He tore open the envelope with clumsy fingers. The letter read: Black clouds overhung the whole region. The rain slashed away at the roof but he did not hear it. Each night he prayed for the time when he would be able to earn the few francs necessary for his humble needs.
The weather turned nasty. Vincent was able to bring Jesus Christ to the shivering blackjaws and warm their hearts with the promise of the Kingdom to come. They listened to Vincent tell the story of Bethlehem and peace on earth.
He had been in the Borinage only six weeks and had watched conditions grow more and more miserable with the passing of the days. Several days before Christmas he found an abandoned stable near Marcasse. The Reverend Pietersen's name was in the upper left-hand corner of the envelope. Vincent ran to his room under the eaves. Rain fell in torrents. There was only one flaw in his life. It was barren and cold and desolate.
Yours fondly. If at the end of June everything has gone well. He was to receive fifty francs a month. He sat down at the table and wrote a tumultuous. Write to me often and keep looking upward.
He had found his work in life! This was what he had wanted all the time. In the meanwhile your salary will be fifty francs a month. Dear Vincent: The Committee of Evangelization has heard about your splendid work and is therefore giving you a temporary nomination for six months. He threw himself flat on the bed.
When he finished. He ran to a mound nearby. He ran down the stairs. Where are you going? From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. The Letters". Van Gogh Museum. Retrieved 7 October Retrieved 25 June Books by Irving Stone. Vincent van Gogh. The Vincent Award.