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Gogh, Vincent Willem van

in Benezit Dictionary of Artists

ISBN: 9780199773787
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780199899913 | DOI:
Gogh, Vincent Willem van

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Dutch, 19th century, male.

Born 30 March 1853, in Zundert, Holland; died 29 July 1890, in Auvers-sur-Oise.

Painter. Figure compositions, figures, portraits, landscapes, still-lifes, flowers.

Japonisme, Impressionism, Post-Impressionism.

Vincent Willem van Gogh was the eldest of six children of the pastor Theodore van Gogh and his wife, Anna Carbentus. His childhood was spent at the family home, amid the forests, fields, and heathlands of northern Brabant. At age 16, he was apprenticed to a branch of the art dealer Goupil & Co. in The Hague (his uncle was a partner in the firm). Van Gogh’s celebrated lifelong correspondence with his brother Theo, five years his junior, began during this period, in August 1872. In the letters, collected and edited by Theo’s son and his widow, Mme Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, Van Gogh writes freely of his joys and hopes, his loves, his troubles and suffering, providing an invaluable account of his short but passionate life. The later correspondence includes detailed descriptions of his paintings and occasional sketches....

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Subjects: Painting ; 19th-Century Art

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