A chronological biography Vincent Willem Van Gogh

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Vincent Willem Van Gogh


Vincent Willem Van Gogh, son of Theodorus Van Gogh (1822-1885) and Anna Cornelia Nee Carbentus (1819-1907), was born on March 30, 1853 in a small village of Groot Zundert, Holland. Until the age of 13 Vincent Van Gogh was at a boarding school in Zevenbergen, at 13 years old he continued his education at King Willem II secondary school in Tilburg until he was 15; Van Gogh then left his studies forever in 1868. The Van Gogh family was in the art business. Vincent had a cousin named Anton Mauve who was into landscape painting and two uncles that specialized in dealing art. Vincent's work, in which his younger brother Theo was a great influence, became an important bridge between the 19th and 20th centuries in the world of art.

From 1869 until 1876 Van Gogh made his living as, a reasonably successful, art dealer with the Goupil & Cie firm, in 1873 he transferred to the London branch.

During his stay in England Van Gogh was said to be romantically interested in Eugenie Loyer the daughter of Ursula Loyer at who's house he was boarded. Some sources however suggest Vincent was in love with Caroline Haanebeek although it is impossible to say for sure. Almost a year before leaving Goupil's firm, which he did out of lack of appeal towards their paintings, Van Gogh transferred to their Paris branch.

Van Gogh was a very religious man, like his father he wanted to be a pastor. Vincent held his first sermon 29 October 1876; in November, he tried to qualify at a mission school in Laeken but failed to do so after 3 months but eventually received permission to preach his dull and lifeless sermons at a coal mining district in Belgium. After his...