Although Vincent van Gogh realized his paintings were not worth anything when he painted them, he knew they were part of an oeuvre and expected them to be appreciated better in the future.

Today 137 years ago on about 23 March 1885,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from Nuenen:

"I work hard and — suppose that only 1 in 10 or 20 of the studies that I make have something that makes them worth the trouble of looking at them — those few, be it more, be it fewer in number — although they’re worth nothing now, may well be later. Not so much in themselves as in conjunction with other studies. Be this as it may — I want to try it again, and so as soon as they’re completely dry and I can varnish them, I’ll send you a few heads and also a little sketch of a yarn-winder.”

Woman Winding Yarn
Nuenen, 1885
Oil on canvas
40,5 x 31,7 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

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