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Boulevard du midi / Zuidlaan 72

Vanderhaegen’s house no longer exists.

Van Gogh in

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  1. 30 Oct. 1881
     - 30 Apr. 1880

When Vincent returned to Brussels in the autumn of 1880 to further his artistic development, he found a little room in a small guest house on Boulevard du Midi. The rent was 50 Belgian francs per month – not cheap, but reasonable in light of the high prices in Brussels. However, the room was unsuitable for Vincent to work in:

“My bedroom is all too small and the light isn’t good, and the people would object to my shutting out some of the light coming in through the window, I’m not even allowed to hang my etchings on the wall or my drawings.” Read the complete letter

Vincent therefore worked mainly in his new friend Van Rappard’s studio. When Van Rappard eventually left Brussels, his departure was the reason for Vincent to also leave the city behind. In the spring of 1881, he gave up his room on Boulevard du Midi and went to spend the summer with his parents in Etten.

Relevant letters from Vincent

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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