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The cemetery still exists, and the grave of Vincent’s brother, also named Vincent, can be seen.

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  1. 30 Mar. 1853 1853
     - 30 Sep. 1864 1864
  2. 19 Mar. 1868 1868
     - 30 Jul. 1869 1869
  3. 8 Apr. 1877 1877

Vincent’s stillborn brother lies buried in the cemetery beside the village church where Dorus Van Gogh was minister. On 30 March 1852 – exactly one year before Vincent was born – his mother bore a lifeless son, who was the first to be named Vincent. Vincent’s name and birthday was thus forever linked to his brother’s death.

He presumably went to see the small grave as a child and he made occasional visits to the Zundert cemetery later in life. In a letter to Tersteeg (his former boss at Goupil & Cie), after the death of his young daughter on 24 July 1877, Vincent wrote:

“My Father has also felt what you will have been feeling these past days. I recently stood early one morning in the cemetery at Zundert next to the little grave on which is written: Suffer the little children to come unto Me, for of such is the kingdom of God. More than 25 years have passed since he buried his first little boy there.” Read the complete letter

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  1. Frank Kools

    Vincent van Gogh en zijn geboorteplaats: als een broer van Zundert
    Zutphen, 1990
  2. Jan Meyers

    De jonge Vincent: jaren van vervoering en vernedering
    Amsterdam, 1989