That summer

That summer -...

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That summer, Theo gave him money for oil paints, and Vincent excitedly discovered "the  power of color" (L 225), working outdoors as much as possible and painting portraits of  the residents in an old age home (in a series he called the "orphan men"). Around this  time he was also treated for a venereal disease in a hospital, after which he started  learning lithography. In early 1883, Vincent drew and painted workers and fishermen in  The Hague, developing his stylized, caricatured style of portraiture in an attempt to  "express a sincere human feeling" (L 309), "to create drawings that  touch  people" (L  218). That spring, working outdoors, he completed  Peat Diggers in the Dunes,  an  important early work in his canon of workers and peasants, along with the oil paintings  The State Lottery Office  and  Women Miners.  At the end of the summer of 1883, van 
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