The toff and the drifter
At the urging of his brother Theo, in 1880 Vincent visited the young Dutch painter Anthon van Rappard, who was studying at the art academy in Brussels. The first meeting between this sprig of the nobility and Vincent the ‘drifter’ was rather awkward, but soon they became friends.
The day we met in Brussels is still as fresh in my mind as if it were only yesterday. He arrived at my room at 9 a.m. We didn’t get on to begin with, but we did later, when we’d worked together a few times.