[PW] ? Van Gogh Quote (Quotation Query #735)

Shapiro, Fred fred.shapiro at yale.edu
Sat Feb 13 17:24:44 PST 2016

Anne Sexton's poem "The Starry Night" has an epigraph:

That does not keep me from having a terrible need of - shall I say the word - religion. Then I go out at night to paint the stars.
- Vincent Van Gogh in a letter to his brother

Does this quotation actually appear in Van Gogh's letters?  If so, can someone supply me with a precise citation?

Fred Shapiro

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