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Rue du midi / Zuidstraat 144

The building still exists today. It still houses the art academy.

Van Gogh in

Art Academy

  1. 1 Nov. 1881
     - 30 Nov. 1881

n early November 1880, Vincent registered for a course in drawing from antiquity at the Académie Royale des Beaux-Arts de Bruxelles. Both the artist Willem Roelofs and the art dealer Tobias Schmidt had advised him to enroll there. Vincent had little interest in doing so, but he wrote to his brother Theo:

“I don’t, however, dismiss the idea of L’Ecole des Beaux-Arts, inasmuch as, for example, I could go there in the evening as long as I’m here, if it’s free or not expensive.” Read the complete letter

It turned out that such education in Brussels was indeed free. And, studying at the art academy would offer Vincent access to a warm, well-lit studio in winter, so he enrolled. On 5 December, he entered a competition, which he sorely lost. He left the academy soon afterward.

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  1. Paul Fagel

    Van Gogh in Brussel
    In: Nederlandse Vereniging te Brussel. Jubileum 1906-1966
  2. W. Lutjeharms

    De Vlaamse opleidingsschool van Nicolaas de Jonge en zijn opvolgers (1875-1926)
    Brussel 1978
  3. Bart Moens

    De kunstenaarsopleiding van Vincent van Gogh in Brussel
    Brussel 2012 (ongepubliceerde scriptie, in te zien in de bibliotheek van het Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam)
  4. Sjraar van Heugten (red.)

    Van Gogh in de Borinage: de geboorte van een kunstenaar
    Brussel, 2015