“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.
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.”
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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