A Brief History of Vincent van Gogh
• May: Reverend Theodours van Gogh married Anna Cornelia Carbentus.
• Older brother, Vincent Willem van Gogh, stillborn March 30. Buried in Zundert cemetery.
• Vincent Willem van Gogh, the artist, is born March 30 in Zundert, Holland.
• May 1, birth of Vincent's brother Theo with whom Vincent developed a close bond.
• Siblings birth years: Anna, 1855. Elizabeth, 1859. Wilhemina, 1862. Cornelis, 1867.
• October: Boarding school in Zevenbergen.
• September: Boarding school in Tilburg until 1868.
• July: Employed as a clerk at The Hague branch of Goupil & Co., an art dealership owned by his Uncle “Cent” Vincent.
• August: Writes first letter to Theo.
• Promoted to London branch of Goupil & Co. and made a very promising start as a sales dealer.
• Rejected by his landlady's daughter, Eugenie Loyer.
• Suffered (blessed with?) a personality change, becoming sullen and argumentative with customers.
• Became intensely focused in religion.
• October: Transferred to Paris branch of Goupil & Co., where it was hoped that he would improve his demeanor. He did not.
• January: Returns to London branch.
• May: Sent back to Paris office.
• April: Dismissed from Goupil & Co. for his increasingly argumentative ways and religious fever.
• Return to England, where he accepted an unpaid position as an assistant teacher at a boys school in Ramsgate.
• June: Taught at a school in Isleworth with an emphasis on religious education.
• December: Left to visit his parents; does not return.
• January: Worked in a bookstore in the Dordrecht, Holland. Moody religious zeal continues.
• May: Studies for theological school in Amsterdam.
• Failed in his theology exams, but in August enters missionary school
• January: Accepted an unpaid position as missionary in a community of coal miners in the Borinage district of Belgium. He lives like the coal miners, and suffers a great loss when many of his friends die in a mine cave-in.
• July: Dismissed from his duties because of his behavior and possibly because of inciting the minors to strike for better working conditions.
• Begins “moulting period.”
• July: Decides to become an artist; begins sketching and painting.
• September: Enrolled in classes at the Royal Academy of Fine Arts, in Brussels.
• Meets van Rappard.
• April: Lives with his parents in Etten.
• Falls in love with his cousin Kee Vos-Stricher, who rejects him.
• December: Leave parsonage after argument with father.
• Move to the Hague.
• Studied under his Uncle Mauve, a popular contemporary artist.
• Lives with destitute, pregnant, alcoholic prostitute, Clastina “Sien” Hoornick.
• June: Sien’s boy is born.
• September: Ended relationship with Sien. Moved to Drenthe.
• December: Leaves to live with his parents in Nuenen, Holland.
• January: Cares for injured mother.
• July: Love affair with older woman, Margot Beregmann, who attempted suicide.
• Teaches art to three men in Eidhoven.
• March 27: Father dies suddenly.
• April: Works on his first masterpiece, The Potato Eaters.
• Falsely accused of fathering a child by Gordina “Stein” DeGroot.
• January: Enrolled in our classes in Antwerp, but argued with his tutors over artistic merit and was expelled.
• February: Move to Paris where he lived with Theo.
• March: Attends classes at Corman’s studio.
• Meets Bernard, Gauguin, Pissaro, Signac, Degas, Guillaumin, Toulouse-Lautrec.
• February 21: Arrives in Arles, Provence area of France.
• June: Visits Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer
• September 18: Moves into the Yellow House.
• October 20: Gauguin arrives.
• Theo announces engagement to Johanna.
• December 23: Total mental breakdown, cuts ear, hospitalized.
• Gauguin leaves.
• January: Leaves hospital, returns, then forcibly put in hospital again.
• April 17: Theo and Johanna married
• May 8: Admitted himself to the Asylum of St. Paul in San Remy.
• The seizures continued. Painted Starry Night.
• Received news Jo was pregnant and wish to name the child after him.
• January: Vincent’s art praised by Albert Aurier in the Mercure de France.
• February: Paintings exhibited in Brussels; sells painting Red Vinyard.
• Left asylum against his doctor's advice.
• May 17: Visits Paris to meet his nephew & godson, Vincent, and Johanna.
• May 21: Arrives in Auvers, where he placed himself in the care of Dr. Gachet.
• June 8: Theo, Johanna and nephew visit Vincent.
• July 6: Vincent visits Paris.
• July 27: Shot himself in the wheat fields above of Auvers.
• With Theo by his side, Vincent died before dawn on July 30, aged 37.
• Theo van Gogh dies six months later.
• Johanna Bonger van Gogh publishes Vincent’s letters.
• Painting of Irises sells for $53.9 million ($101.2m in today’s dollars)
• Painting of Dr. Gachet sells for $82.5million ($134.6m in today’s dollars)
Letter sketches: 133