From 9 October 2020, a letter penned by artists Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Gauguin which was acquired at an auction will be one of 40 documents to go on display at an exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
It has been sold at auction for €210,600 ($236,632; £188,538) at the Drouot auction house in Paris on Tuesday. Dated and signed 1-2 November 1888, the letter was written several weeks before Van Gogh suffered a mental breakdown and cut off his left ear. It also was the only correspondence Van Gogh ever had with another artist. The letter proved that Van Gogh and Gauguin were “fully aware that their art marks a turning point and that only future generations will understand it”, the auction house mentioned. Gauguin arrived in Arles, where Van Gogh was living, on October 23, 1888, and the two spent several stormy months painting together.
Inside the letter there are some references to „some excursions in the brothels”, which are a source of inspiration. In the letter, Van Gogh described Gauguin as “an unspoiled creature with the instincts of a wild beast.”