Vincent set up his first studio in the garden shed of the parsonage in Etten. There he drew studies of farmers at work, in the style of Jean-Francois Millet. He had local seamstresses, diggers and sowers pose for him. He also travelled to ’t Heike, the Liesbos and the Leur. There he made drawings of the forest’s edge, the bog, the heath and pollard willows along the roadside. His uncle ‘Cent’ encouraged Vincent, giving him a box of painting supplies, and during a visit to the painter Anton Mauve he painted his first watercolours. When a recently widowed cousin came for a stay, Vincent fell madly in love. She firmly rejected him, and his family also opposed this relationship. Matters came to a head at Christmas, and Vincent’s father showed him the door.
From the book Vincent was here