Vincent van Gogh began working for The Hague’s branch of Goupil & Cie on July 30, 1869 as a junior apprentice, working under the management of H.G. Tersteeg. Goupil & Cie was an international print publishing firm and art dealer which also exhibited contemporary art. It was a dominant force in the French art market of the 19th century. The firm was founded by Henry Rittner in 1829, as Rittner & Co., Goupil’s name was added in 1831 when the gallery became Rittner & Goupil. It was later named Goupil & Vibert in 1841, and then finally Goupil & Cie in 1846. The internationally renowned gallery began in Paris and …..
In 1888, during his time in Arles, France, Vincent van Gogh created a number of paintings and drawings of the Langlois Bridge. “As for my work, I brought back a size 15 canvas today. It is a drawbridge over which passes a little cart, standing out against a blue sky – the river blue as well, the banks orange coloured with grass and a group of women washing linen in smocks and multicoloured caps.” You can read more about it here: http://blog.vangoghgallery.com/index.php/2013/01/03/van-goghs-langlois-bridge/ Letter Source: http://www.webexhibits.org/vangogh/letter/18/469.htm
We were recently contacted by a Vincent van Gogh Gallery Facebook follower with a question regarding Van Gogh’s relationship with a girl named Betsy Tersteeg so we did some research. Elisabeth (Betsy) Tersteeg (1869-1938) was the daughter of Hermanus Gijsbertus Tersteeg and Maria Magdalena Alida Tersteeg-Pronk. Mr. Tersteeg was an art-dealer at Goupil & Co art gallery in The Hague and was a friend of the Van Gogh family. He was Vincent and Theo’s manager when they worked at Goupil and he helped to mentor and nurture the boys. Letters to Theo from Vincent in their younger years show the great respect the brothers had for this man who took …..