Hafid Bouazza (1970, Oujda) responded to Van Gogh's letter from 3 October 1888.
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Hafid Bouazza received a letter from Van Gogh because of his rich use of language. Bouazza’s approach to writing sometimes resembles painting with words. ‘But can you imagine, can you imagine, if all the patches of porphyric haemophilia (is the word ‘love’ in there?!) that stained your body could have filled her for once instead, how warm she would have felt?’, he writes in his reply.
His world intersects with Van Gogh’s in the following passage from a letter by the latter to the artist Paul Gauguin:
‘Now, however, the energy of my bony carcass is such that it goes straight to the target; from that comes a perhaps sometimes original sincerity in what I make, if, that is, the subject lends itself to my rough and unskilful execution.’