Self portrait 1889

What am I in the eyes of most people? A nonentity or an oddity or a disagreeable person — someone who has and will have no position in society, in short a little lower than the lowest.
Very well — assuming that everything is indeed like that, then through my work I’d like to show what there is in the heart of such an oddity, such a nobody.
This is my ambition, which is based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion.
Even though I’m often in a mess, inside me there’s still a calm, pure harmony and music. In the poorest little house, in the filthiest corner, I see paintings or drawings.

Van Gogh to Theo van Gogh. The Hague, on or about Friday, 21 July 1882


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Hanging skeleton with cat, 1886/87
This was made in the period that Vincent was studying art. It was very common that students had to draw/paint skeletons in all kinds of positions to study the human anatomy.

Hanging skeleton with cat, 1886/87

This was made in the period that Vincent was studying art. It was very common that students had to draw/paint skeletons in all kinds of positions to study the human anatomy.

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