Vincent van Gogh: letters, art, and context > Moods

Whether describing his depression or his love life, Vincent always had a remarkable way with words. On the subject of love, for instance, he wrote, “I regard love – as I do friendship – not only as a feeling but chiefly as an action.” [letter 312]


Depression
Van Gogh also described his feelings of depression: “At present this horror of life is already less pronounced, and the melancholy less acute. But I still have absolutely no will, hardly any desires or none.” [letter 776]
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Love
Van Gogh’s love life was no bed of roses. Several times, he fell in love with women who did not return his feelings, and disappointment was inevitable. In his letters to his brother Theo, he described these infatuations, sometimes openly and sometimes in slightly indirect terms.
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