Vincent van Gogh sent his paintings mostly unframed by train from the South of France to his brother in Paris. Quite regularly Vincent had suggestions, or rather directions for framing to Theo.

He had done some framing himself as well, for example for the paintings in Gauguin’s room in The Yellow House, like The Sunflowers, The Green Vineyard, Ploughed Fields and the Unknown version of Poet's Garden.

Today 132 years ago, on 8 December 1889,

Theo van Gogh wrote to Vincent from Paris:

"Lately Tanguy has been exhibiting a lot of your canvases, he told me that he hopes to sell the Bench with the ivy. It’s a fine choice you’ve made for Brussels. I’ve ordered frames. For the Sunflowers I’m leaving the little wooden edge that’s around it, and a white frame around that. For the others, white or natural wood frames.”

Van Gogh had framed these works himself with strips of wood.

Sunflowers in a Vase
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
93 x 73 cm
National Gallery, Londen

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