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.
As for his education, although young Vincent was a good student, he was never destined for an academic life. He left school by the age of 15 and at 16 began working as a trainee at the art dealers Goupil & Cie. In 1873 he was then transferred to the company’s London branch, while his younger brother Theo went to work for the firm in Brussels.