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Van Gogh's Letter About a Brothel Visit Being Sold For $ 236,000 at the Paris Auction.

Van Gogh's Letter About a Brothel Visit Being Sold For $ 236,000 at the Paris Auction.

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A letter written by Dutch painter Vincent van Gogh and French painter Paul Gauguin, two of the 19th century’s greatest post-impressionist artists, about visiting brothels in Arles, france -sold yesterday at a Paris auction for $236,000 and will be put on display in Amsterdam later this year.

the content of The letter come  back to November 1888, two years before Van Gogh’s death . Van Gogh sent the letter from the southern French city of Arles to French painter Emile Bernard.

the four-page letter written in French was purchased by the Van Gogh Foundation Tuesday and will be displayed at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam beginning in October.

In the letter, the two artists Describe their first week living and working together in Arles, as well as their visits to a local brothel in an attempt toa ttract Bernard into joining them in Arles, where Van Gogh hoped to start an association of painters.

Although the letter was addressed to Bernard, Van Gogh and Gauguin also took turns addressing each other- Van Gogh wrote in the letter that Gauguin is "an unspoiled creature with the instincts of a wild beast. With Gauguin, blood and sex have the edge over ambition,"while Gaugin in turn wrote to Bernard, “do not listen to Vincent, he is, as you know, easy to impress and ditto to be indulgent.”

“Now something that will interest you—we’ve made some excursions in the brothels, and it’s likely that we’ll eventually go there often to work,” wrote Van Gogh. “At the moment Gauguin has a canvas in progress of the same night cafe that I also painted, but with figures seen in the brothels. It promises to become a beautiful thing.”

 Vincent Van Gogh was a Dutch post-impressionist painter, lived throughout his life in a state of extreme poverty, to the point that he was burning some of his paintings to keep warm in winter, He was not commercially successful, and his suicide at 37 came after years of mental illness, depression and poverty. 

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