The Cover Section Editor: M. Therese Southgate,
MD, Senior Contributing Editor.
One morning, on a late-winter day in early March 1886, Theo van Gogh,
a picture dealer in Paris, was summoned to the Louvre by a hand-delivered
note hastily scribbled in black crayon and written in Dutch. "Shall be at
the Louvre from midday on or sooner if you like. Please let me know at what
time you could come to the Salle Carrée." There was no mistaking the
writer: Vincent van Gogh, painter (1853-1890), was back in town. There was
only one problem. Theo had not been expecting him until June. By then Theo
hoped to have saved enough from his meager earnings to have moved from his
present cramped living quarters to a space that would accommodate them both.
Apparently aware of this, and by way of preempting his brother's misgivings,
Vincent added, "As for the expenses, I tell you again, this comes to the same
thing. I have some money left, of course, and I want to speak to you before
I spend any of it. We'll fix things up, you'll see. So, come as soon as possible."
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