Nicole Krauss (1974, New York) responded to Vincent's letter from 2 October 1884.
She received a letter from Van Gogh about the fear of the blank canvas:
‘Many painters are afraid of the blank canvas, but the blank canvas IS AFRAID of the truly passionate painter who dares – and who has once broken the spell of “you can’t”.’
The writer Nicole Krauss dedicated her novel History of Love to her grandparents, ‘who taught me the opposite of disappearing’. Artists must have the courage to lay themselves bare, to expose themselves without fear of being laughed at.
‘It’s extraordinary that I should have been given your letter now,’ she replies, ‘because it is exactly that act of breaking that has been on my mind this last year, and which I feel has everything to do with how I want to make art, and how I want to live.’