“Letter to Theo” by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent Van Gogh wrote over 800 letters, mostly to his brother Theo. Many include small sketches and details of paintings that he was currently working on. As Vincent had no income, they also often included pleas for paint, canvas, or just money. Only one other artist has written more letters than Vincent, and that artist (of course) is GNAY. His letters also often describe his latest works, but in the place of pleas for supplies, they often include emotional rants bemoaning his lack of acceptance by the Canadian Art Establishment. Over 300 of GNAY’s letters are addressed to the National Gallery in Ottawa and together they weave a staggering tale of tragedy and triumph, as one of Western Canada’s most loved artists fights for his rightful place on the national stage. This week, I will share some of these letters with you.