Vincent van Gogh, letter to Émile Bernard, Arles, 15 July 1888, Letter 10, page 3
Thaw Collection, given in honor of Charles E. Pierce, Jr., 2007
as beautiful as the sea—but I find it even more beautiful
than the ocean because it's inhabited." Which of the spectators was more the artist, the first or the
second, the painter or the soldier—I myself prefer that soldier's eye. Isn't that true?
Now it's my turn to say to you, reply to me quickly this time by return of post—to let me know
if you agree to make me some sketches of your Breton studies. I have a consignment that's about to
go off, and before it clears off I want to do at least another half a dozen subjects in pen sketches for
you. Having few doubts that you will do it for yours, I'm getting down to work on my side, anyway,
without even knowing if you want to do that. Now, I'll send these sketches to my brother, to urge
him to take something from them for our collection.
© 2007 Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam