It was on the 30th of March 1853 when Theodorus van Gogh, a minister of the Dutch Reformed Church, and Anna Cornelia Carbentus were blessed with a baby boy. Van Gogh was the oldest child and he was named after his grandfather and of a brother stillborn exactly a year before his birth. The name Vincent was a common name in the van Gogh family: his grandfather who was very learned was also called Vincent and he studied theology in the University of Leiden in the year 1811. His grandfather had six sons, three of whom were talented in the arts where they became leaders. The van Gough family was talented in the Arts and Religion. Vincent had two brothers Theodorus and Cor, and he also had two three sisters, namely Elisabeth, Anna and Willemina.
It is said that as a child Vincent was silent, thoughtful and serious traits that saw him through the zundert village school from around 1860, history shows that a single catholic teacher taught approximately two hundred pupils this later changed in the year 1861 when he and his sister were home taught by a governess until 1864 when van Gogh was sent to a boarding school. Jan Provily’s boarding school was located at Zevenbergen about 32km away. Later as an adult Vincent disclosed that he was distressed on leaving his family. It was not until he went to the Willem 2 college in Tilburg that he met Constantijin C Huysmans, a renowned successful artist in Paris that he was taught to draw, but it is to be noted that his interest in art had began at an early age. As a child he used to draw throughout the years that made him come to the conclusion that he wanted to be an artist. (Gogh 67). His early drawings are expressive and well done but do not have the intensity that his later works generated. In the month of March 1868, he returned home after abruptly quitting school. He is later quoted saying that his youth was gloomy, cold and sterile. Lucky for him, in July 0f the year 1869, his uncle mostly known as Cent helped him get employed as an art dealer with the Goupil & Cie in The Hague. He later got transferred to London. It must be noted that this was a very joyous time for Vincent since he was just twenty years old and successful. He earned more than his father. Vincent apparently developed feelings for Eugenie Loyer, his landlady’s daughter but upon his confession about his feelings to her, she rejected him saying that she was engaged to someone else. This left him dejected and isolated and as well fervent about religion. His family arranged for him to go to Paris, which did not help since he did not like the way art was being treated (Bassil 89). Goupil terminated his employment and Van Gogh went back to England and worked as an unpaid teacher in a small boarding school where he made sketches of the harbor. Van Gogh had two unhappy and unsuitable romances and had worked as a preacher maybe due to the cultured and religious atmosphere he was brought up in. He also had worked as a clerk in a bookstore and an art salesman. He studied art in Belgium when he worked as a preacher where he was determined to give happiness by creating beauty. In 1885, he went to Antwerp and stumbled upon the works of Ruben and resulted to buying many Japanese prints. In 1886 while in Paris, he studied with Cormon. He started to lighten his very dark palette and to paint in the short brushstrokes after he inevitably met Pissaro, Monet and Gauguin. Due to his lack of confidence, it made his company be difficult and because of the night long discussions together with painting all day made his health deteriorate. Later on he decided to go to Arles with the hope that his friends would join him and with their help start an art school. Gauguin did join him but near the end of 1888 he left Arles because Van