Vincent van Gogh in Etten, Netherlands

Vincent’s parents and youngest siblings, Cor and Willemien, moved to Etten, Netherlands in the fall of 1875 when he and Theo were working for the Goupil Art Trade Company.  The family lived in the church rectory near the center of town.  Van Gogh spent time with them there during the Christmas holiday in 1876 and again in 1878 in order to save money. Van Gogh had not succeeded as an art dealer or as a teacher and preacher.  However, during his time in the mining village of Wasmes, Belgium the young preacher began studying and drawing the mining families.  Van Gogh had moved to Brussels to study art in a …..

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Van Gogh’s Drawings of Sien

Van Gogh created several drawings of Clasina “Sien” Maria Hoornik in 1882 and 1883.  Van Gogh’s drawings of Sien show her as a pregnant woman, as a mother nursing her baby, and working at home sewing or peeling potatoes.  These drawings were primarily done in pencil; although, some were created in ink with pen and brush, using China ink or black chalk.  View images of Van Gogh’s drawings of Sien below, or find out more about Van Gogh and Sien here.

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Sien and Van Gogh (Part 2)

Van Gogh met Clasina “Sien” Maria Hoornik at the end of January, 1882. She was the mother of a five year old little girl, was pregnant and had been deserted by the baby’s father.  Sien posed for a number of drawings and paintings for Van Gogh, these reflected the difficult life of the working poor.  As payment for modeling, Van Gogh provided Sien and her daughter with a place to stay and food to eat.  He eventually took her, along with her child, into his home. Sien had a number of health related issues, including venereal disease which she probably passed on to Van Gogh.  In June, he spent 3 …..

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