But still, my dear brother, there is this that I have always told you, and I repeat it once more with all the earnestness that can be imparted by an effort of a mind diligently fixed on trying to do as well as one can – I tell you again that I shall always consider that you are something other than a simple dealer in Corots, that through my mediation you have your part in the actual production of some canvases, which even in the cataclysm retain their quietude.
Last letter to Theo (unmailed). Vincent Van Gogh, letter found on him on July 29, 1890.
PROPOS D’ÉTOILE Pourquoi la conseillez-vous? Parce que, lorsque j’échappe á la fiction théatrale en retrouvant ma personnalité et que j’emploie la Malaceine pour le visage, j’ai l’impression du miracle des fleurs vivantes dissipant les fleurs chimeriques.
Malaceine - Gros: MONPELAS, 50 Fb Poisonniere, PARIS
French advertisement vintage postcard ca. 1900, unmailed