Vincent Van Gogh – part 1
Vincent Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853 in the Dutch village of Groot Zundert. Son of Protestant Pastor Theo Van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbentus, was the first of six children of the family. Actually before Vincent his parents had a child, who also had been baptized Vincent, but died shortly after his birth. Vincent felt he owed his existence to the death of this child and this was something that affected his psyche. Throughout his lifetime he felt unworthy to be loved, while seeking the love and attention of otherσ desperately.
At the age of 12 years, separated from his family and went to the city Zevenbergen to study. Four years later, in 1869, he got a job in the Hague branch of the House Goupil, who were active in the art trade. He was an exemplary employee.
In the English capital he fell in love with the daughter of his landlady, Eugenie Loyer. This first love was unresponsive and this frustration, further burdened his psyche. Then he was transferred to the Paris branch from which he was fired in 1876.
After Paris he returned to the Netherlands where he got a job as an assistant in a bookshop. A few months later he moved to Amsterdam and enrolled at the city’s university in order to study theology. But he did not do well in his studies, which he abandoned a year later. Leaving Amsterdam he went in Laeken, where he trained as a preacher. This new capacity, brought him to town Wasmes where mainly inhabited miners. He stayed there nearly a year and then in 1880 he went to Brussels to become an artist.
In Brussels he met Anthon Van Rappard, then student of the Academy of Fine Arts. Rappard showed Van Gogh the basics of painting. From Brussels he left a year later, and in late 1881 he moved to The Hague, as a guest of his cousin, Anton Mauve. There he began to cultivate his talent and made his first relationship with Sien Hoornik. In 1883 he left The Hague and went to Gelderland. In Gelderland he continued to paint but because he was feeling lonely he went to his parents who at that time had settled in the city Nuenen. He stayed together with his parents until November 1885.
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