Still Life, Pink Roses in a Vase1890 by Vincent van Gogh

Letter from Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh, Saint-Rémy, 13 May 1890 [letter 634]:

I have just finished another canvas of pink roses against a yellow-green back-ground in a green vase.

I hope that the canvases I am doing now will make up for the expense of the journey.

This morning when I had been to pay for my luggage, I saw the country again after the rain, quite fresh and full of flowers - what things I could still have done.

I have also written to Arles, asking them to send off the two beds with the bedding by goods train. I figure that this can only cost about 10 francs or so for carriage, and it is always so much saved from the wreck. For it will certainly be useful to me in the country. If you have not yet answered M. Peyron's letter, please send him a wire, so that I can make the journey on Friday or Saturday at the latest, so as to spend Sunday with you. By doing so I shall also waste less time for my work, which for ....
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Media: oil on canvas