Van Gogh was not only a talented artist, but also an avid letter writer. He wrote compelling letters about all aspects of his life: his dreams and disappointments, his love life, friendships and arguments, and about his battle with his illness.
Van Gogh's artworks come to life
He also wrote about his ambitions as an artist, and often added sketches to his letters of pieces he was working on, or of works that he had recently finished. When reading these letters, it is almost as if you are looking over the shoulder of the artist and witnessing his artworks come to life.
The exhibition ‘Your loving Vincent’: Van Gogh’s Greatest Letters features a selection of his best letters, displayed alongside world-famous paintings and drawings by Vincent van Gogh such as The Bedroom, The Potato Eaters and The Sower.
The Van Gogh Museum is home to the majority – more than 800 – of Vincent van Gogh’s letters, most of which he wrote to his brother Theo. The letters are fragile, and therefore only rarely go on display.
Find Vincent van Gogh’s complete correspondence, richly annotated and illustrated, with new transcriptions and authorized English translations at vangoghletters.org.
Curious to find out which quotes from the letters still appeal to people from all over the world? See them on the website, and highlight your favourite quotes.