Summary of the life of Vincent
1853 - 1890, born Netherlands
Famous Van Gogh Paintings
The Potatoe Eaters 1885
The Night Cafe 1888
Van Gogh's Chair 1888
The Starry Night 1889
Impressionism, Japanese prints, Jean-Francoise
Movements & Styles
Van Gogh's style was very expressive and later
influenced many Expressionist artists. Vincent's
Life story is just as famous as his art. He produced
landscapes, portraits, interiors, still lifes
and cityscapes. Still lifes included everyday
objects ; shoes, potatoes, a chair, books, etc.
Vincent van Gogh Life - Chronology
Vincent Willem van Gogh
Born on the 30th March, Groot-Zundert, the Netherlands
Vincent's brother Theodorus (Theo) van Gogh was
born on the 1st May
Attends boarding school at Jan Povily in Zevenbergen
(up until 1866)
Attends the state Secondary School King Willem
II at Tilburg (up until 1868)
Returns home to his parents in Zundert
Starts working as a junior Clerk for the art firm
of Goupil and Co. in the Hague.
Van Gogh is transferred to the London branch of
the art firm Goupil and Co.
Lodges with Sarah Ursula Loyer and falls in love
with her daughter Eugenie.
Learns that Eugenie is engaged to be married,
then returns home to Holland for 3 weeks.
Moved to the Paris branch of Goupils temporarily
against his will.
Vincent returned to the London branch for several
months before being permanently assigned to the
Paris branch of Goupils.
After being discharged from Goupils in Paris,
Vincent van Gogh reterns to England.
Teaches elementary French, German & arithmatic
at a school in Ramsgate.
Works as as a teacher at a boys' school in Isleworth,
Vincent also works as a parish and sometimes preaches.
Finds employment in a bookshop in Tolbrugstraatje.
Prepares for entrance exams for the faculty of
theology in Amsterdam, stays with his uncle Jan/
Johannes van Gogh.
Quits theological studies to enroll in a preparatory
course for evangelists in Brussels.
Fails to qualify at the mission school in Laeken
and returns home to his parents.
Van Gogh moves to Borinage, a coal mining district
of Belgium and begins missionary work.
Dismissed as a mission preacher in Wasmes after
Vincent continues to work to do missionary work
on his own.
After abandoning evangelical work Vincent van
Gogh begins to draw with a passion and has serious
ambitions of becoming an artist.
Moves to Brussels.
Prepares to enter the Academie des Beaux-Arts
Returns to Etten (where his parents are)
Falls in love with his widowed cousin Kee Vos
Stricker but she denies his affections.
Visits The Hague and is instructed by his cousin,
the noted Hague School painter of peasant life,
Moves into a small studio in The Hague with a
pregnant prostitute, Clasina Maria Hoornik ( Sien
) and her five year old daughter.
Paints street scenes.
Commisisioned to do a series of 12 drawings of
city views from his art dealer uncle Cornelius
Marinus van Gogh.
Receives a second commission by his uncle Cornelius
to a further 6 views, but more detailed.
Is treated for a venereal disease at the Municipal
Hospital on the Brouwersgracht.
Sien and Van Gogh move into larger quaters next
door after she has her second child.
Vincent van Gogh begins to work with oil paints.
Van Gogh also experiments with lithography.
Contemplates the thought of working as an illustrator
in possibly England.
Vincent and Sien break up and he moves to Drenthe,
then to Nieuw Amsterdam.
Returns to his parent home for 2 years, (now in
Has a love affair with an older woman, Margo Begemann,
wich leads to a scandal and her attempted suicide.
Van Gogh gives painting lessons to 3 people.
26th March, Reverend Theodorus van Gogh, father
of Vincent dies.
Paint dealer agrees to exhibit some of Van Goghs
work in the shop windows in his store in The Hague.
Spends several days in Amsterdam at the Rijksmuseum,
admiring Rembrandt and Hals in particular.
Enrols at the Academy at Antwerp and studies painting
Works from live models during the night.
Vincent meets his brother Theo in Paris. Theo
is working as an art dealer in Barbizon and Impressionist
paintings for the Boussod & Valadon group
at the Louvre.
Vincent moves into Theo's apartment.
Studies at the atelier of Fernarnd-Anne Piestre,
Experiments with colors, abandoning his sombre
Moves to Lepic in Montmatre with Theo.
Art dealer Portier takes four paintings of Van
Gogh on commission.
Vincent and Camille Pissarro (1831-1903) become
Meets Emile Bernard (1868-1941) at the shop of
Juien Pere Tanguy and they exchange paintings.
Van Gogh meets Paul Signac (1863-1935)
Receives 2 Portrait commissions from Julien "Pere"
Vincent purchases many Japanese prints from a
dealer in oriental art.
Paints outdoors with Paul Signac along the banks
of the Seine at Asienres and St Ouen.
Meets Georges Seurat (1859-1891)
Moves to Arles into the Hotel-Restaurant Carrel
Van Gogh exhibits 3 paintings with the Societe
des Artistes Independants.
Moves into the "Yellow House" but soon
moves out over a dispute with the owner over his
Moves into another hotel close by.
Meets the postmaster, Joseph
Vincent moves into the Yellow House and Gauguin
arrives in Arles soon after.
Experiments with drawing from memory after being
prompted by Gauguin.
Vincent van Gogh cuts off the lower part of his
after an argument with Gauguin. He then presents
his ear to a prostitute.
Admitted to the hospital after being found in
a critical state by the police and is attended
to by Doctor Felix Rey (1867-1932)
Theo comes to Arles, then soon returns home to
Paris with Gauguin.
Van Gogh is hospitalised for 10 days after having
hallucinations and fearing that he is being poisoned.
Theo van Gogh marries Johanna Bonger (1862-1925)
Vincent admits himself to a mental asylum in Saint
Remy and is diagnosed as having an epilectic disorder.
Paints in the gardens and environs of the hospital.
"Irises" and "Starry
Night on the Rhone" are included
in the Independants exhibition in Paris.
Spends 2 days in Arles.
Vincent has a week long relapse.
Six paintings exhibited in the exhibition of Les
Vingt in Brussels.
31 January, Birth of Theo's first son, Vincent
Wilhelm van Gogh
Suffers a severe attack during a 2 day visit to
Arles and is then brought back to hospital.
Exhibits 10 paintings with the Independants in
Van Gogh leaves the asylum on May 16 and spend
several days in Paris with his brother Theo and
Moves to Auvers.
Dr. Paul Ferdinand Gachet (1828-1909) looks after
On the 27th of July, Vincent van Gogh shoots himself
in the countryside in Auvers.
Struggles back to the inn where he was staying.
29th July, Vincent dies with Theo by his side.
Buried on the 30th of July.
Theo organises an exhibition of Vincent's paintings
in an apartment in Montmatre.
October, Theo becomes seriously ill.
25th of January, Vincent's brother Theo dies
in the Netherlands.