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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Interior of a Restaurant in Arles Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees Outskirts of Paris near Montmartre View of The Hague with the New Church
Interior of a Restaurant in Arles Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees Outskirts of Paris near Montmartre View of The Hague with the New Church
"I can't work without a model. I won't say I turn my back on nature ruthlessly in order to turn a study into a picture, arranging the colors, enlarging and simplifying; but in the matter of form I am too afraid of departing from the possible and the true."