Important Figures

Theo Van Gogh

Theodorus (Theo) van Gogh (1857-1891)

Vincent's younger brother who worked as an art dealer and was Vincent's closest friend. Over three fourths of the more than 800 letters Vincent wrote during his life were to Theo including his first and his last letters.

Johanna van Gogh

Johanna Gesina van Gogh (Bonger)

Theo's wife. Johanna was the first to publish the letters Vincent wrote to Theo after his death.


Anna Cornelia van Gogh

Anna Cornelia van Gogh (Carbentus) (1819-1907)

Vincent's Mother


Theodorus van Gogh

Theodorus van Gogh - (1822-1885)

Vincent's Father

Cornelia Adriana Vos-Stricker (Kee)

Vincent's widowed cousin who he fell in love with in the summer of 1881 in Etten. Still grieving the loss of her husband Cornelia rejected Vincent and returned to Amsterdam.

Dr. Félix Rey (1867-1932)

Doctor who treated Van Gogh in Arles after he cut off part of his left ear lobe.

Dr. Paul Gachet (1828 - 1909)

Doctor and friend who treated Van Gogh in Auvers-sur-Oise.

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The Old Tower in the Fields Starry Night Over the Rhone The De Ruijterkade in Amsterdam Mountainous Landscape Behind Saint-Paul Hospital
The Old Tower in the Fields Starry Night Over the Rhone The De Ruijterkade in Amsterdam Mountainous Landscape Behind Saint-Paul Hospital
"There is but one Paris and however hard living may be here, and if it became worse and harder even-the French air clears up the brain and does good-a world of good."