This is my devotional now. I've always wanted to spend a year reading them and digesting all the paintings.
I was struck by this important part of a letter : Couldn't one learn something from these work:
Dear Theo ~~ Amsterdam, April 3, 1878
As far as being an homme intérieur et spirituel is concerned, couldn’t one develop that in oneself through knowledge of history in general and of certain people of all eras in particular, from biblical times to the Revolution and from The Odyssey to the books of Dickens and Michelet . And couldn’t one learn something from the work of the likes of Rembrandt or "Mauvaises Herbes " by Breton or "The Hours of the Day " by Millet or " Benedicite by de Groux or Brion or "The Conscript" by de Groux or else by Conscience , or his Apothecary or The large oaks by Dupre or even the mills and sand flats by Michel?
It is by continually holding fast to these thoughts and deeds that we are filled with a good leaven at the last, that of being sorrowful yet always rejoicing, which will become apparent when our lives have come to fruition, bearing the fruits of good works.
Les Mauvaises Herbes Breton
The Hours of the Day by Millet
The Large Oaks by Jule Dupre