The Complete Letters of Vincent Van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh.
New York: Bulfinch Press, 2000. Three octavo volumes housed in a slipcase, as issued. Blue boards with gilt decoration and lettering on the spine. Mild wear to the slipcase, slightly bulged at the sides. 1800 pages in total. Very good.
“What am I in the eyes of most people—a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person—somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then—even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum.”