Vincent van Gogh and Goupil & Cie

Vincent van Gogh began working for The Hague’s branch of Goupil & Cie on July 30, 1869 as a junior apprentice, working under the management of H.G. Tersteeg. Goupil & Cie was an international print publishing firm and art dealer which also exhibited contemporary art. It was a dominant force in the French art market of the 19th century. The firm was founded by Henry Rittner in 1829, as Rittner & Co., Goupil’s name was added in 1831 when the gallery became Rittner & Goupil. It was later named Goupil & Vibert in 1841, and then finally Goupil & Cie in 1846. The internationally renowned gallery began in Paris and …..

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Van Gogh and Tersteeg

We were recently contacted by a Vincent van Gogh Gallery Facebook follower with a question regarding Van Gogh’s relationship with a girl named Betsy Tersteeg so we did some research. Elisabeth (Betsy) Tersteeg (1869-1938) was the daughter of Hermanus Gijsbertus Tersteeg and Maria Magdalena Alida Tersteeg-Pronk. Mr. Tersteeg was an art-dealer at Goupil & Co art gallery in The Hague and was a friend of the Van Gogh family. He was Vincent and Theo’s manager when they worked at Goupil and he helped to mentor and nurture the boys. Letters to Theo from Vincent in their younger years show the great respect the brothers had for this man who took …..

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Van Gogh’s Relationship with Alcohol

Vincent van Gogh drank alcohol to excess; more specifically he drank the potent liquor absinthe, also known as “the green fairy,” which was believed to cause delirium and hallucinations. Absinthe was also believed to cause a drinker to see yellow hue around objects, which some say can be seen in paintings such as Starry Night. However, more recent research has shown that the amount of absinthe consumed would need to be quite substantial to reach this effect, so this was probably not the explanation for Van Gogh’s yellows. The drinking of absinthe was quite common amongst the artist crowd of Van Gogh’s time, so his consumption of the beverage was …..

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