Back of a postcard postmarked 1908; old postcard.

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“The painting comes to me as if in a dream.”

–Vincent Van Gogh

While on a recent trip to Amsterdam I visited the Van Gogh Museum. Fees for checked luggage being what they are these days, rather than buying souvenirs, I bought postcards for family and friends back home.

I chose a postcard of Van Gogh’s sunflowers for my mother. Sunflowers are her favorite flower.

"Sunflowers" Van Gogh

For my sister, the artist, who was a Japanophile long before she moved there some 12 years ago, I picked up “The Sower,” which is an example of how Japanese art influenced Van Gogh.

"The Sower" Van Gogh

For myself, the dreamer, I purchased this one: “The Bedroom.” In a letter to his brother Theo, Van Gogh wrote,

“This time it simply reproduces my bedroom; but colour must be abundant in this part, its simplification adding a rank of grandee to the style applied to the objects, getting to suggest a certain rest or dream.”


"The Bedroom" Van Gogh

On the topic of dreams of another sort, Van Gogh wrote:

“If one wants to become a painter, if one has passion, then one can do it.”


p.s. to my sister: Sorry I never got around to mailing your post card! I hope this will suffice for now 🙂


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