Vincent van Gogh’s Mother – Anna Carbentus van Gogh

Anna Carbentus van Gogh was born on September 10, 1819 in La Haye, The Hague to Willem Carbentus, the book-binder to the King. She was one of eight children including two sisters, the oldest married to Amsterdam clergyman, Stricker, and the youngest, Cornelia, married to art dealer Vincent van Gogh. When Anna turned 30 she was still unmarried and felt a more urgent need to find a suitable husband soon. In March of 1850, Cornelia, Anna’s sister, 10 years her junior, announced her engagement to the well-to-do print dealer Vincent van Gogh. He also had a sibling that was behind in the marriage situation, a younger brother named Theodorus van …..

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Van Gogh’s Zouave

Vincent van Gogh created two paintings, a watercolor and two drawings of The Zouave. Zouve was the title given to light infantry regiments in the French Army between 1831 – 1962. The unit was originally composed of Algerian soldiers so they wore a distinctive red and yellow arabesque influenced uniform which included a blue sash. Van Gogh portrayed these with bright colors in his paintings. Van Gogh had been working on his harvest series when torrential rainfall interrupted his work. It was during this time that Van Gogh finally found someone to pose for him. a young Zouave. He created a watercolor of reed pen and ink as well as …..

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Vincent van Gogh’s Father, Reverend Theodorus van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh’s father was a pastor of the Dutch Reformed Church in Holland. Born February 8, 1822, Theodorus was the seventh of eleven children. He was the only one of the six boys to follow in his father’s footsteps and become a pastor. In 1849 he graduated from the theology program at Utrecht and on April 1, 1849 was confirmed by his father, Vincent van Gogh (the grandfather of the artist Vincent van Gogh). Theodorus was hired as the pastor of the Protestant Dutch Reformed Church in Groot-Zundert, in the North Brabant region of the Netherlands. Theodorus van Gogh was known as a handsome man with a loving nature …..

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