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Detail from Johannes Vermeer’s “View of Delft”
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From a letter V. van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, November 12. 1885:
"The best pictures, and, from a technical point of view the most complete, seen from near by, are but patches of colour side by side, and only make an effect at a certain distance…
Only recently I saw Frans Hals. Well, you know how enthusiastic I was about it, how I immediately wrote you a long letter about painting in one stroke. How great is the similarity between the ideas of Latour, for instance, and Frans Hals, when they express life with pastel which one could almost blow off. I don’t know what I shall do and how I shall fare, but I hope not to forget the lessons which I am thus learning these days: in one stroke - but with absolutely complete exertion of one’s whole spirit and attention…
If one sees [Vermeer’s] city view at The Hague close up, it is incredible, and painted with entirely different colours than one would suspect at a few steps’ distance… The palette of this strange painter is pale blue, citron yellow, pearl grey, black white.”

Detail from Johannes Vermeer’s “View of Delft”

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From a letter V. van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo, November 12. 1885:

"The best pictures, and, from a technical point of view the most complete, seen from near by, are but patches of colour side by side, and only make an effect at a certain distance…

Only recently I saw Frans Hals. Well, you know how enthusiastic I was about it, how I immediately wrote you a long letter about painting in one stroke. How great is the similarity between the ideas of Latour, for instance, and Frans Hals, when they express life with pastel which one could almost blow off. I don’t know what I shall do and how I shall fare, but I hope not to forget the lessons which I am thus learning these days: in one stroke - but with absolutely complete exertion of one’s whole spirit and attention…

If one sees [Vermeer’s] city view at The Hague close up, it is incredible, and painted with entirely different colours than one would suspect at a few steps’ distance… The palette of this strange painter is pale blue, citron yellow, pearl grey, black white.”

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