The Vicarage at Nuenen

Nuenen is a small town in the North Brabant district of the Netherlands where Vincent van Gogh lived from 1883-1885.  In 1882, Van Gogh’s father became a pastor in Nuenen, and the family lived in the vicarage, the residence provided by the church, also known as a parsonage or rectory. In early December of 1883, Van Gogh left Drenthe for Nuenen, and moved into the vicarage with his family.  The laundry at the back of the house was turned into a sort studio and storage for him.  Van Gogh’s father wrote to Theo saying, “We do not think it’s really suitable, but we have had a proper stove installed (…). …..

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Van Gogh’s Church Paintings

On June 17, 1876, Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, about his love for the church, “But the reason I would much sooner give for commending myself to you is my innate love of the church and everything to do with the church, which may lie dormant from time to time but always reawakens; and, if I may say so, although with a sense of great inadequacy and imperfection: the Love of God and of man.” For at least three years Van Gogh pursued his love of the church and his calling to ministry.  He was a student of theology, though he failed his exam as well as a …..

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Paintings of Nuenen Churches by Van Gogh

In 1884 and 1885 Van Gogh created several church paintings depicting two different churches, both in the small village of Nuenen in the North Brabant district of the Netherlands.  It was here that Van Gogh’s father became a pastor in 1882.  Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884 is a painting of his father’s church. Van Gogh painted Congregation Leaving the Reformed Church in Nuenen, 1884 for his parents.  His mother had experienced a broken thighbone and Van Gogh wrote to his brother, Theo, updating him on her recovery and saying, “The other day I painted for her a little church with the hedge and the trees (like this). …..

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