Exposition des artistes independants, La Plume, septembre 1891
« Red-heated (goatee, rough mustache, shaven scalp) with an eagle look and an incisive mouth, so to speak; of average height, stocky but not excessively so, with quick gestures and a gerky gait ; such was van Gogh, always with his pipe, a canvas or an engraving, or a sketch.
Vehement in speech, interminable in explaining and developing ideas, not given to controversy, that was him too ; and dreams, oh ! dreams ! Gigantic exhibitions, artist’s philanthropic phalansteries, founding of colonies in the South, progressive invasion of the public for that reeducation of the masses who yet had known art in the past… »
Paul Gauguin par Aurier
Dubois-Pillet par Jules Antoine