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Berg 26

The building still exists, but is not open to the public.

Van Gogh in

Parsonage

  1. 5 December 1883
     - Early May 1885

When Vincent came to Nuenen on 5 December 1883, he moved in with his parents at the parsonage of the Dutch Reformed Church. He was met with a chilly reception and the tension between Vincent and his parson father was high. Still, in mid-December, his parents gave him their mangle room to use as a studio.

The room was damp and cold, so modifications were made before Vincent began working; a wooden footrest, a bed and a stove were installed. The studio was situated amidst the cesspit, the privy, the coalhole and the drain. After a few months, Vincent sighed:

“my powers of imagination aren’t strong enough to think this an improvement on the situation last year.” Read the complete letter

In a letter to his brother Theo on 20 March 1884, Vincent wrote that he looked forward to having a larger studio so that he could work with models more easily. He got his chance in May, when he found a new studio available for rent from the Catholic sexton Johannes Schafrat. After Vincent’s father died on 26 March 1885, tensions at home reached their breaking point, and Vincent moved into his studio full time. While living there, he occasionally visited the parsonage and the relations with his family gradually improved.

Vincent produced one painted view of the parsonage and several of its sizeable garden, including 1885’s The Parsonage Garden at Nuenen in the Snow.

His mother and his sister Willemien moved from Nuenen to Breda on 30 March 1886. By then, Vincent had left Nuenen, having moved to Antwerp on 24 November 1885.

Made here

The parsonage garden at Nuenen in the snow, 1885

The parsonage garden at Nuenen in the snow, 1885

Oil on canvas on panel, 59 x 78 cm

Norton Simon Art Foundation, Pasadena

The parsonage garden at Nuenen in the snow, 1885

The parsonage garden at Nuenen in the snow, 1885

Oil on canvas on panel, 53 x 78 cm

Armand Hammer Museum of Art, Los Angeles

The vicarage at Neunen, 1885

The vicarage at Neunen, 1885

Oil on canvas, 33,2 x 43 cm

Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Stichting)

    Relevant letters from Vincent

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    1. Ton de Bouwer

      Van Gogh en Nuenen
      Venlo, 1984