Vincent van Gogh - Landscape with Dunes 1883

Landscape with Dunes 1883
Landscape with Dunes
Oil on panel 33.5 x 48.5 cm. The Hague: August, 1883
Private collection

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The Letters of Vincent van Gogh

To Theo van Gogh. London, Thursday, 30 April 1874.
My dear Theo,
Many happy returns of the day. Do right and don’t look back, and things will turn out well.
I was glad to get your last letter. I sent you a photo a couple of days ago:
Young girl with a sword, Jacquet
because I thought you’d like to have it.
Van Gorkom’s painting isn’t very dirty. (Between you and me, I didn’t see it, but anyway tell him I wrote that it wasn’t very dirty.) How are Mauve and Jet Carbentus?5 Write to me with news of them. It’s good that you visit the Haanebeeks.
If I come to Holland, I’ll also come to The Hague for a day or two if possible, because The Hague is like a second home to me. (I’ll come and stay with you.) I’d have liked to go on that walk to De Vink. I walk here as much as I can, but I’m very busy. It’s absolutely beautiful here (even though it’s in the city). There are lilacs and hawthorns and laburnums &c. blossoming in all the gardens, and the chestnut trees are magnificent. If one truly loves nature one finds beauty everywhere. Yet I sometimes yearn so much for Holland, and especially Helvoirt.
I’m doing a lot of gardening and have sown sweet peas, poppies and reseda, now we just have to wait and see what comes of it.
I enjoy the walk from home to the office and in the evening from the office back home. It takes about three-quarters of an hour. It’s wonderful to be finished so early here; we close at 6 o’clock and yet we work none the less because of it.
Give my regards to everyone I know at the Tersteegs’, Haanebeeks’ and Carbentuses’, and especially the Rooses’, also everyone at Uncle Pompe’s, because they’re going to Kampen, and Mr Bakhuyzen &c. I wish you the best.
The apple trees &c. have blossomed beautifully here; it seems to me that everything is earlier here than in Holland.
As soon as I know something more definite about my going home, I’ll write to you directly. I fear, however, that it will be around 4 weeks or so before it can happen. Write soon.