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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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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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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