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Keizersgracht 8

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Van Gogh in

Kee Vos (Stricker family)

  1. 25 Nov. 1878 1881
     - 27 Nov. 1881

From 25 to 27 November 1881, Vincent van Gogh came to Amsterdam to visit his cousin Cornelia “Kee” Adriana Vos-Stricker (1846–1918). The previous summer, he had fallen secretly in love with Kee – who had lost her husband, Christoffel Martinus Vos, in 1878 – when she spent a few weeks with the Van Goghs in Etten. Vincent finally confessed his feelings to Kee and asked her to marry him. She replied: “No, nay, never.” Vincent remained undeterred, convinced that she might yet soften and come to love him. Both families, however, opposed a relationship and implored Vincent to restrain himself and to look for someone else.

Though Vincent was no longer allowed to see Kee, his feelings remained strong, and he continued to write to her. In a last effort to win her love, Vincent – using money he had received from his brother Theo – travelled to Amsterdam and turned up on the Stricker family’s doorstep. Everyone except Kee was sitting at the table. Vincent spoke with her father, Johannes Paulus Stricker, who stressed that he had no choice but to forget Kee. Vincent did not see his cousin during his three days in Amsterdam. His hopes unfulfilled, he departed the city, resolving to accept his fate, but Kee would remain in his thoughts.

Relevant letters from Vincent

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  1. Reindert Groot, Teio Meedendorp

    Vincent van Gogh over Amsterdam, een stadswandeling rond 1880
    Bussum, 2003
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  3. Reindert Groot, Sjoerd de Vries

    Vincent van Gogh in Amsterdam
    Amsterdam, 1990