Vincent van Gogh and Cornelia (Kee) Adriana Vos-Stricker

Cornelia (Kee) Adriana Vos-Stricker (March 21, 1846 – 1918) was Vincent van Gogh’s cousin, the daughter of Van Gogh’s mother’s older sister and Johannes Stricker, an aunt and uncle who had shown kindness to the struggling artist. While Van Gogh was living with his family in Etten, Netherlands, he fell in love with Kee who had recently become widowed and was raising her 8 year old son on her own. Kee, however, did not return his feelings though Van Gogh was quite persistent even following her response of “never, no, never” to his marriage proposal. In a letter to Theo on November 3, 1881, Van Gogh said, “There is something …..

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Sien and Van Gogh (Part 1: Anton Mauve)

In January of 1882, Van Gogh moved to The Hague where his cousin-in-law, Anthonij (Anton) Rudolf Mauve, was of great assistance to him and encouraged him to paint.  Mauve was a Dutch realist painter and member of the Hague School.  Mauve had a tremendous influence on Van Gogh and is mentioned in 152 of Van Gogh’s letters.  January 1-2, 1882 Van Gogh wrote a letter to his brother Theo saying, “Mauve gives me great hope that I shall soon begin to earn something…If I were greatly in need and asked Mauve, he would not refuse me, but I really think he has already done enough…Each day I find Mauve cleverer …..

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Vincent van Gogh in London

Vincent van Gogh moved to London in May of 1873 and lived there from time to time until 1876.  From August 1873 to August 1874, Vincent lived in a room on the third floor of 87 Hackford Road in Brixton, a suburb of south London.  At 20 years of age, Van Gogh had come to London as an art dealer for Goupil & Cie.  His time here might have been the happiest of his life. In January of 1874, he wrote to Theo: “I’m getting on very well here. I’ve got a delightful home and I’m finding it very pleasurable taking a look at London and the English way of …..

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