was not doing well at the Antwerp Academy and had decided to stop attending
classes there. He wanted to move to Paris and the two brothers had been discussing
the date on which Vincent should arrrive. Theo was not immediately enthusiastic
about this proposed move at such short notice and would have preferred Vincent
to come after June, when he could rent a larger apartment with enough room for
both of them. To bring an end to all discussions, he faced his brother with
a fait accompli: at the beginning of March he unexpectedly turned up in Paris.
At the station he scribbled the following note in Dutch with a piece of black
crayon and sent it to Theo by a porter. Vincent stayed with Theo in the Rue
de Laval, and moved with him in June to the Rue Lepic in Montmartre (background).
(ca. 1 March 1886)
My dear Theo,
Don't be angry with me for arriving out of the blue. I've given it so much thought
and I'm sure we'll gain time this way. Shall be at the Louvre from midday onwards,
or earlier if you like.
Please let me know what time you could come to the Salle Carée. 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 talk to you before spending any of it. We'll
sort everything out, you'll see.
So come as soon as possible. I shake your hand.