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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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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