Alphabetarion # Chastity | Vincent van Gogh, 1888

Gustave Courbet, The Woman in a Podoscaphe, 1865
Rubens, ah, there you have it, he was a handsome man and a good fucker, Courbet too; their health
 allowed them to drink, eat, fuck. In your case, my poor dear old Bernard, I already told you last
 spring. Eat well, do your military drill well, don’t fuck too hard; if you don’t fuck too hard,
your painting will be all the spunkier for it. Ah, Balzac, that great and powerful artist,
already told us very well that for modern artists a certain chastity made them stronger.”
Vincent van Gogh, in a letter to Émile Bernard, Arles, Sunday, 5 August 1888

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