With certainty, Vincent Van Gogh is the most well-known modern artist with roots in firmly in the soil of Brabant. Though the Van Gogh Museum, which shows an appealing overview of his work is located in Amsterdam, Vincent Van Gogh originated from Brabant. He was born on the 30th of March 1853 in a small village called Zundert. In September 1866 the young Vincent set trail to Tilburg to take secondary school classes at the Rijks-HBS (HogereBurgerSchool), in our Town. This school just newly started and was located in the former summer palace of King William II (Den Haag, 6 December 1792, Tilburg, 17 March 1849, who had held close ties with Tilburg during his lifetime and deceased in Tilburg. Though he never was able to live or use this Summer Palace, because King William II was already deceased when the building was finished. Now, this new grammar school was placed in this building: ‘Rijksschool Koning Willem II’. When the young Vincent lived in Tilburg, 1866 – 1868, he was one of the first 18 pupils of the school when it first school year started.
We just opened this blog with an image of the only painting Vicent van Gogh ever sold during his lifetime. It was painted in November 1888 in Arles. The work is now in the Pushkin Museum in Moscow. The work was sold during an exhibition of Les XX in Brussels. The work was acquired for 400 French francs by the Belgian painter Anna Boch (family Villeroy & Boch), with whose brother Eugène Boch was a friend of Van Gogh. She hung the painting in her Salon de Musique on the first floor of her mansion in rue Abbey in Ixelles, Belgium. In 1906, Boch sold the painting for 10,000 francs at Galerie Bernheim in Paris. In 1909 it was resold for 33,000 gold rubles via art dealership Druet to the Russian textile dealer and art collector Ivan Morozov (1871-1921).