In the summer of 1885, Vincent asked his brother Theo whether he knew anyone in Antwerp. The art dealer and artist Jan Theodor Jozef Linnig (1815–1891) was among those Theo mentioned. When Vincent got to Antwerp, he went to visit various art dealers and inspect their wares. He was not impressed by Linnig’s offerings, however. He wrote that Linnig had “nothing but a few miserable old paintings” and that he was a "discouraged" man.