In 1927, the painter Eladio Vélez, from Antioquia, fulfilled his dream of going to study in Europe. The letters he wrote to his family when he was a student in Europe have been copied and kept. In the one selected here (written on April 9, 1927), to his mother and sisters in Medellín, he describes his first impression of the Musée du Louvre in Paris, and his life in the Quartier Latin [Latin Quarter] where he had yearned to live, “where painters show and sell their paintings in the open air, because selling paintings here is like selling bananas in the Itagüí Plaza” in his home town. He mentions the many sculptures and decorations on the façade of the Palais du Louvre: “You just have to close your eyes and go inside because if you start looking at everything you’ll never get to see it,” he wrote. In his letter he describes going to visit the Colombian sculptor Marco Tobón Mejía, whose assistant he later became: “(…) he made me feel very welcome; he is a simple type, like every wise man, and we have become good friends.” He ends his letter by describing how he is getting on with learning French: “(…) I am not doing as badly as I thought I would; though I don’t say much I manage to make myself understood, and little by little I am getting better.” His outlook, the expression of a young adult who is discovering art in the Old World and adapting to a new culture, changed over the course of his stay in Europe, which lasted until April 1931.