Vincent van Gogh’s masterpieces have been gazed at by millions. It’s no exaggeration to say that he is one of the most beloved artists of all time, with his paintings – or their reproductions – gracing everything from prestigious art galleries to everyday coffee mugs. So you’d probably think that by now we’ve uncovered all of the surprises hidden in his art; amazingly, though, it turns out that we’re still finding them.
Vincent Willem van Gogh was born to Protestant minister Theodorus van Gogh and his wife Anna Carbentus on March 30, 1853. Even as a child growing up in the Dutch village of Zundert, the future artist felt a connection with nature. And together with his parents and five siblings, he would often take family walks through the countryside where they lived.