Monday, October 18

The descendant of Vincent van Gogh who helped rescue the artist’s genius: “I grew up watching ‘Sunflowers’ in my living room”


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Willem van Gogh

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Willem van Gogh with the famous painting “The Sunflowers”.

The idea that Vincent van Gogh’s work was once not as precious as it is now is difficult to conceive.

But famously, that’s how it was: those iconic paintings only began to be recognized for the wonder they are when the Dutch painter had already lost more than hope.

And as the world learned to value them, they adorned the house of Vincent van Gogh’s grandfather, not the artist, but the great-grandson of his beloved brother Theo, and grew up among his paintings.

Share their first name but, to avoid confusion, use the middle name they both had.


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