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Geranium in a flowerpot
oil on canvas 46.0 x 38.0 cm. paris: summer, 1886
my dear theo,
together with this letter you’re receiving the first proofs of one lithograph, digger, and one lithograph, coffee drinker.
i’d very much like to know as soon as possible what impression they make on you.
i still plan to retouch them on the stone, and would like to have your opinion for that.
the drawings were better, i put a lot of work into the digger especially; now various things have been lost through the transfer and printing. yet what i think of these impressions is that there’s something rough and unabashed in them that i indeed wanted them to have, which partly reconciles me to the loss of things that were in the drawing.
the drawing was done not only with lithographic crayon; the strengths were reinforced with autographic ink as well.
now the stone has only taken part of the autographic ink, and we don’t know exactly what to attribute this to, probably the water with which i mixed them. anyway, as a result i’ve seen that where it has taken it gives good strengths of black, with which i hope to be more successful later on. then, when the printer has time, we’re going to experiment by putting on a kind of wash during printing, and will try out various types of paper and different sorts of printing ink.
i hope that these two stones will improve further through the retouching after the two studies, done directly from the model, which i still have.
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