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Vincent van Gogh on Windows to the Soul

The Complete Letters of Vincent van Gogh L441, Written December 19, 1885 (New York Graphic Society, 1958), 2:462.

I prefer painting people’s eyes to cathedrals, for there is something in the eyes that is not in the cathedral, however solemn and imposing the latter may be — a human soul, be it that of a poor beggar or of a street walker, is more interesting to me.