Yayoi Kusama (1929, Matsumoto, Japan) repsonded to a letter from Vincent van Gogh, which he wrote on 9 or 10 July 1888. She wrote a reply to Van Gogh.
Yayoi Kusama received a letter in which Van Gogh meditates on the survival of an artist’s work:
‘Painters – to speak only of them – being dead and buried, speak to a following generation or to several following generations through their works. Is that all, or is there more, even? In the life of the painter, death may perhaps not be the most difficult thing.’
Throughout her long career of creating performances, installations, sculptures and paintings, Yayoi Kusama (now 85 years old) has always been a writer as well. Themes of life, death, and consolation are prominent in her work.
Kusama wrote a reply to Van Gogh, ‘the most sincere man I have ever encountered’, and dedicated five of her poems to him.