Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh’s Special Thank You to an Early Supporter

Vincent van Gogh, Pere Tanguy, 1888, oil on canvas, Musee Rodin, Paris, France

 

Afterwards I was sorry I hadn’t asked for colours from pere Tanguy anyway, although there isn’t the least advantage in that—on the contrary–but he’s such a funny fellow and I still think of him often.  Don’t forget to say hello to him for me if you see him, and tell him that if he’d like any paintings for his shop window he can have some from here, and the best.

Vincent van Gogh, Letter to Theo van Gogh, April 11, 1888

Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890) spent two years living in Paris, where he benefited from the generosity of Julien “Pere” Tanguy, the owner of a local art supplies store.  Tanguy was supportive of the struggling artist, offering Vincent space to display his paintings.

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