1853 – 1864 / 1967 – 1869
Vincent van Gogh was born on 30 March 1853 as the eldest son of the Dutch Reformed Church minister in Zundert, a small village on the Dutch-Belgian border. His early years were happy ones. The Protestant faith, the world of nature and the simple farming life shaped him and would later serve as inspiration for his life as painter. At the age of 11, he was torn from this peaceful environment and sent off to boarding school. After secondary school he returned to Zundert for a few years and then began a career in the art trade with his uncle’s firm. From that time on, he remained in contact with his brother Theo and other family members through extensive correspondence, often expressing homesickness for Zundert.
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Series 'The House', reproduction of 'The Reaper'
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