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Van Gogh on finishing a painting

From a letter dated c. April 30, 1885:

“I believe that The Potato Eaters will turn out well—as you know, the last few days are always tricky with a painting because before it’s completely dry one can’t use a large brush without running a real risk of spoiling it. And changes must be made very coolly and calmly with a small brush. That’s why I took it to my friend and asked him to make certain I didn’t spoil it, and why I’ll be going to this place to apply those finishing touches.”
 

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