Saturday, January 22, 2011

"You see, I really have wanted to make it so that people get the idea that these folk, who are eating their potatoes by the light of their little lamp, have tilled the earth themselves with these hands they are putting in the dish, and so it speaks of manual labour and — that they have thus honestly earned their food. I wanted it to give the idea of a wholly different way of life from ours — civilized people. So I certainly don’t want everyone just to admire it or approve of it without knowing why."

-Vincent van Gogh
 to Theo van Gogh
 Thursday, 30 April 1885
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1 comment:

  1. The work of the body delivers one from the pains of the mind, and that's what makes poor people happy.

    ~François de La Rochefoucauld