A rare letter detailing Van Gogh and Gauguin’s brothel visits sells for 210,000 Euros ($237K) at auction
The only found letter that has been mutually written by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, in which they feature their experience to French brothels, sold above 210,000 euros, at aa auction held in Paris this Tuesday.
The letter was written to a friend who is also a painter; Émile Bernard, also a key symbol in the Post-Impressionist undertaking, the content was self-written by the two artists on four pages. It was delivered in November 1888, soon after Van Gogh fashioned some of his famous works, counting “Chamber in Arles,” “Van Gogh’s Seat” and his beloved “Sunflowers” series.
The letter was kept in the French city of Arles, where the artists were staying since February of that year. At the period when the letter was written, he was later joined by Gauguin, who he had already met in Paris prior to two years.
The letter starts with Van Gogh’s thoughts about Gauguin, he wrote that she was a “gentle being with the characteristics of a wild animal.”
“We went to some brothels, and we will often go there to paint,” he further said “Gauguin has a piece in the development of the cafe that I also worked on, but with everything perceived in the brothels. It has the potential to become an attractive piece.”
Van Gogh also converses his aim of creating a new artists’ union, also referencing illustrative training he was bartering with the receiver, Bernard.
Van Gogh Letters
There are 900 plus remaining letters were written by, or to, Van Gogh. Art historians have used the communication to comprehend the artist’s disturbing life, as he often sent letters to discourse personal matters, from monetary difficulties to literary impacts.
In a sale set, French auction hall Drouot Estimations penned that, in spite of the letter’s “delicateness,” the piece is “brilliant for the astonishing conference of two huge.”