Vincent van Gogh was suffering from ‘a dose of the clap’ or Gonorrhoea, a sexually transmitted disease. He stayed in the hospital for 3 weeks. Symptoms as described by van Gogh were 'sleeplessness and chronic fever, and pain on passing water.’ Van Gogh wasn’t too worried about it but realized it should not be neglected.

Today 140 years ago, on 8 June 1882,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Theo from The Hague:

"I resisted as long as I could and carried on working, but in the end I realized I needed to see a doctor urgently. But he told me just this morning that I would soon be rid of it. Did you get the two little drawings?”

Fish-drying barn
The Hague, 1882
Pen, pencil, heightened with white
28,5 x 45 cm
Private collection

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