Quote Friday #10

September 8, 2017

I made note of this week’s quote when walking around the Van Gogh exhibition with my friend Ivy back in July. The painting in the photo, called Tree trunks in the grass, seems especially suitable for this time of year. All the little grass flowers are coming up in Melbourne: if Van Gogh were here, I’m sure he would have had his brushes out.

“What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart.”

Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother Theo, 1882

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Isabel is a writer from Melbourne. She loves long train journeys, Vegemite toast and cryptic crosswords, preferably all at once.