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). Theordorus 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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The Theories of Vincent van Gogh’s Ear

Vincent van Gogh is a well known artist but part of the fame and legend of the man is because of the mystery surrounding the incident with his ear. It is widely believed that following an argument with fellow artist Paul Gauguin, Van Gogh returned home, and with a razor, cut off a portion of his left ear. He then took the piece of ear to a nearby brothel and gave it to a woman named Rachel to whom he said, “Guard this object carefully.” You can read more about the incident on our site, Van Gogh Gallery, here. Though many scholars believe the above explanation is as close to …..

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Vincent van Gogh’s Uncle Cent

The artist Vincent van Gogh had an older brother with the same name, who died at birth one year before Vincent was born. He was Vincent’s namesake. However, they were both named after their father’s brother, Vincent (Cent) van Gogh. For an unknown reason, Cent and his wife, Cornelia, were unable to have children which made Vincent, the bearer of his name, the closest thing to a son Cent would ever experience. This also made Vincent an apparent heir to Cent’s estate. Uncle Cent, as Vincent referred to him, was a well to do man who dressed impeccably and lived in a large townhouse in The Hague. Cent was lighthearted and …..

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