I want to paint humanity, humanity and again humanity. I love nothing better than this series of bipeds, from the smallest baby in long clothes to Socrates, from the woman with the black hair with white skin to the one with golden hair and a brick-red sun-burnt face. Yet, how do I paint humanity? How do I depict the “eternal” Monet depicted in his landscapes? I will be forever straining into vagueness. For humanity changes. It dramatically, constantly evolves, and gives me no time to even begin.
― Vincent Van Gogh, from a letter to his brother dated 1866 (via fleurstains)