Vincent van Gogh - Vincent van Gogh Paintings

Vincent was born on March 30, 1853, into a Douche family in Groot-Zundert, Catholic province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. Van Gogh was the first of six children of a protestant pastor. The son of the pastor was brought up in a cultured and religious atmosphere.

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About Vincent van Gogh

Childhood

Vincent was born on March 30, 1853, into a Douche family in Groot-Zundert, Catholic province of North Brabant in the Netherlands. Van Gogh was the first of six children of a protestant pastor. The son of the pastor was brought up in a cultured and religious atmosphere.

Vincent was a common name in Vincent van Gogh's family, and Van Gogh was given the name of his grandfather. Vincent was an earnest, emotional, thoughtful child. His mother taught him at home, and in 1864 Vincent was sent to the village school, then he was placed in Zevenbergen boarding school, where little Vincent felt abandoned. He was also deeply unhappy and sad in Tilbury middle school. At age 15, Vincent was forced to leave school due to the financial difficulties of his family.

Early years

Brotherly love: Vincent and Theo

The author of the most significant changes in Vincent van Gogh's life is his younger brother Theo, who helped Vincent maintain his artist lifestyle, and first advised him to become an artist. Vincent and his brother Thep both started their careers at the international art firm Goupil & Cie. In 1869 Vincent was taken on in The Hague and Theo in Brussels. Brothers had a very long correspondence during those years.

In 1876 Theo's career developed nicely at Goupil, but Vincent's heart was not in it, and he started to look for new work. They both wanted to find the right possession and profession which they could devote themselves to in their whole life. Finally, Vincent decided to become an artist as Theo advised him, in his letters to Theo Vincent describing his training painting ideas and sketches, he always asked advice for his brother Theo.

Theo once suggested Vincent come to Paris to see and make the acquaintance of colorful french paintings. Brothers found an apartment in Paris and started living together. Theo soon realized that living with Vincent was not easy, and he found out two different persons in his brother, the one which was gifted and gentle and the other which was unfeeling and selfish.

Despite their frequent arguments, Theo admired his elder brother for his whole life. He worried about Vincent's mental health, and Theo was amongst few who understood his brother, who gave him emotional support and love. Their letters are filled with encouragement and praise.

Van Gogh Museum

Vincent Van Gogh Museum is located at the Museum Square in Amsterdam. The museum is designed by the Duch architect and furniture designer Gerrit Rietveld. In 1998 and 1998, it was renovated by the Duch architect Martien Van Goor. The museum is regularly receiving more than 1.5 million visitors a year, and eighty-five percent of visitors come from other countries.

The museum houses the van Gogo art collection with 200 paintings, 400 drawings and 700 letters by the artist. The Vincent van Gogh museum also presents exhibitions on various subjects from 19th-century art history.