See Article History Alternative Title: The striking colour, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms of his work powerfully influenced the current of Expressionism in modern art.
Van Gogh was given the name of his grandfather, and of a brother stillborn exactly a year before his birth. This Vincent may have been named after his own great-uncle, a sculptor — Van Gogh's parents married in May and moved to Zundert.
There was another brother, Cor, and three sisters: Elisabeth, Anna, and Willemina known as "Wil". In later life Van Gogh remained in touch only with Willemina and Theo. In he was placed in a boarding school at Zevenbergen where he felt abandoned, and campaigned to come home.
Instead, in his parents sent him to the middle school in Tilburgwhere he was deeply unhappy. He was encouraged to draw as a child by his mother,  and his early drawings are expressive,  but do not approach the intensity of his later work.
His philosophy was to reject technique in favour of capturing the impressions of things, particularly nature or common objects. Van Gogh's profound unhappiness seems to have overshadowed the lessons, which had little effect;  in March he abruptly returned home.
He later wrote that his youth was "austere and cold, and sterile". Theo's wife later remarked that this was the best year of Vincent's life.
He grew more isolated, and religiously fervent. His father and uncle arranged a transfer to Paris inwhere he became resentful of issues such as the degree to which the firm commodified art, and was dismissed a year later.
When the proprietor moved to Isleworth in Middlesex, Van Gogh went with him.
He was unhappy in the position and spent his time doodling or translating passages from the Bible into English, French and German.
He undertook, but also failed, a three-month course at a Protestant missionary school in Lakennear Brussels. To show support for his impoverished congregation, he gave up his comfortable lodgings at a bakery to a homeless person, and moved to a small hut where he slept on straw.
He stayed there until around March[note 3] which caused concern and frustration for his parents. His father was especially frustrated and advised that his son should be committed to the lunatic asylum at Geel.
In Augusthis recently widowed cousin, Cornelia "Kee" Vos-Stricker, daughter of his mother's older sister Willemina and Johannes Stricker, arrived for a visit.
He was thrilled and took long walks with her. Kee was seven years older than he was, and had an eight-year-old son.
Van Gogh surprised everyone by declaring his love to her and proposing marriage. Mauve was the successful artist Van Gogh longed to be.
Kee's father made it clear that her refusal should be heeded and that the two would not marry, largely because of Van Gogh's inability to support himself. He liked the medium, and spread the paint liberally, scraping from the canvas and working back with the brush.
He wrote that he was surprised at how good the results were. She had previously borne two children who died, but Van Gogh was unaware of this;  on 2 July, she gave birth to a baby boy, Willem.
Vincent at first defied him,  and considered moving the family out of the city, but in latehe left Sien and the children. Sien gave her daughter to her mother, and baby Willem to her brother.
In December, driven by loneliness, he went to live with his parents, then in NuenenNorth Brabant. Working outside and very quickly, he completed sketches and paintings of weavers and their cottages.Vincent Van Gogh was born the second of six children into a religious Dutch Reformed Church family in the south of the Netherlands.
His father, Theodorus Van Gogh, was a clergyman and his mother, Anna Cornelia Carbentus, was the daughter of a benjaminpohle.comality: Dutch. Vincent van Gogh, in full Vincent Willem van Gogh, (born March 30, , Zundert, Netherlands—died July 29, , Auvers-sur-Oise, near Paris, France), Dutch painter, generally considered the greatest after Rembrandt van Rijn, and one of the greatest of the Post-Impressionists.
Vincent van Gogh Early Years Vinc&egr avzzz;nt van Gogh was born in Holland in and was one of six children born to Anna Cornelia Carbentus and Reverend Theodorus van Gogh, a protestant minister.
A quiet and serious child, . Vincent van Gogh (March 30, - July 29, ) was born on 30 March in Zundert, a village in the southern province of North Brabant. He was the eldest son of the Reverend Theodorus van Gogh ( - ) and Anna Cornelia Carbentus ( - ), whose other children were Vincent's sisters Elisabeth, Anna, and Wil, and his .
Vincent van Gogh was a famous Dutch Post-Impressionist artist, whose unique artwork revolved around a curious joy of absorbing nature and its surroundings, then transforming what he saw into a distinctive style of expressionist art.
Vincent van Gogh completed more than 2, works, consisting of oil paintings and more than 1, watercolors, drawings and sketches.
Several of his paintings now rank among the most expensive in the world; "Irises" sold for a record $ million, and his "Portrait of Dr. Gachet" sold for $ million.