Nelly Beltran asks if Vincent van Gogh ever wanted to go to America. Read on for the answer.
In Van Gogh’s time, travelling to America was still an expensive and time-consuming pursuit – the only way to get there was by boat. Crossing the Atlantic Ocean was apparently not something that interested Vincent.
In 1883, he wrote in a letter to Theo:
‘Do you know what I often consider? It’s to establish relations in England with The Graphic or London News. Now that I’m making progress, I want so very much to carry on working on some larger compositions suitable for an illustrated magazine [...]
I would think it advisable to go to London myself with studies and drawings and to look up the managers of the various organisations, or preferably the draughtsmen Herkomer, Green, Boughton (some, however, are in America at present) or others, if they’re in London.’