You will say that everybody has seen landscapes and figures from childhood on. The question is: has everybody also been reflective as a child, has everybody who has seen them loved also heath, fields, meadows, woods, and the snow and the rain and the storm? Not everybody has done that like you and I, it is a peculiar kind of surroundings and circumstances that must contribute to it, it is a peculiar kind of temperament and character too, which must help to make it take root . . .
Van Gogh, Vincent. / letters