De Shepherd's calling can be traced back to his pastel period and
in particular to "In the Steps of the Master".
In the Steps of the Master
The pastel of the road to Emmaus has the two disciples - Van Gogh and Gauguin (Guy's masters) - turning to face "the stranger" that has joined them. It remained unfinished ; Guy was on the move again. When he resumed painting it was to paint in oils. He subsequently painted two versions but destroyed them both.
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