After the non-committal, evasive, meeting with Tersteeg
And his disappointing, discouraging comments,
Vincent had one more hope in Anton Mauve.
Anton was a relative from his mother's side,
In fact, a close relative, a well-known painter too.
It was Theo's suggestion that the visit to The Hague
Would be incomplete if he did not meet Anton Mauve.
Anton Mauve's mother-in law was the sister
Of Vincent's mother- Anna Cornelia.
The strong family ties were visible as they received
Vincent with warmth, into their spacious house.
Mauve greeted Vincent very cordially, led him
Through the garden, walled by hedges into an art studio,
A beautiful atelier, where Anton worked in peace.
Anton Mauve was a heavily built man
With broad shoulders, a large chest,
A big head, with a square forehead,
Bright eyes, a straight nose, grey bearded
On an oval face, full of energy and vitality.
He painted and painted in his pretty studio,
When tired, he would again paint and paint.
Apart from his painting, Anton was a happy man
Living in luxury with his dear wife and children.
Madam Mauve insisted that Vincent should join them
For supper. After a sumptuous meal, the whole family
Sat by the fireplace, so relaxed chatting with children.
Vincent wished! Alas, if only he had a home of his own
With a loving wife, children who loved and respected him!
Back in the studio with Anton Mauve, after a pleasant time
With family, Vincent pulled out the copies of other paintings.
Mauve looked at them carefully with a professional eye.
He opined that the copies were of no importance at all,
As the original work belonged to some other artiste.
Vincent should make his own paintings to prove his worth.
That's when Vincent took out his paintings of Borinage & Brabant.
After his experience with Tersteeg, just a day ago,
Vincent was reluctant to show his original work.
But then, he decided to show it to his cousin Mauve.
Mauve looked at Vincent's paintings with interest.
After a while, he came over to Vincent's side,
Put his hand on Vincent's shoulders affectionately.
‘It's all right! ' He said. ‘You are on the road.'
Anton Mauve gave his verdict softly to Vincent.
'Your sketches are clumsy, But they are authentic.
They have a certain vitality and rhythm, I haven't found
Very often. Throw away your copy books Vincent;
Buy yourself a paint box. The sooner you begin working
In colour, the better it will be for you.Your drawing is only
Half bad now. You can keep improving it as you go along.'
A Biographical Poem
What a difference a cousin makes! And once again, Theo has steered Vincent in the right direction! Unlike so many others in his life! There is indeed a light at the end of the tunnel!
Geeta Ji so far you kept the series alive with minute details. Wonderful series- informative and enjoyable both.
This part reveals tells about Anton Mauve, his life, working style and his opinion about Vincent's drawings and paintings. It has been a remarkable journey so far. Thanks, Geeta ji, for such an exciting series.
Brilliantly penned....as usual.....
Good poem. A positive change comes in Vincent van Gogh's life.
This poem has not been translated into any other language yet.I would like to translate this poem
Beautifully inked. Enjoying.