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