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. Vincent never crossed the Atlantic Ocean, but he did write about it in his letters.
In 1888, he wrote in a letter to Theo:
‘I told you very seriously that if you wish, I’ll go to America with you, if, though, this journey was a long one and if it’s worth the trouble.'