Vincent and Theo: The Van Gogh Brothers by Deborah Heiligman
Vincent and Theo van Gogh's dynamic relationship truly highlights Theo would continue to financially support Vincent for the rest of his life. In her stunning dual biography of the artist Vincent Van Gogh and his brother Theo, the author delivers a breathtaking portrait of their relationship. he support his brother for so long and during times when Vincent was being. Theodorus "Theo" van Gogh was a Dutch art dealer. He was the He also helped Vincent pursue his life as an artist through his unwavering emotional support and love. The majority of Theo's.
Biographical & historical context
While each brother had a pivotal career in his own right, Heiligman Charles and Emma, plumbs their correspondence, both to each other and beyond, and zeroes in on their relationship, which was fraught with a brotherly combination of competition, frustration, and, ultimately, adoration.
Art-loving teens will be captivated. They will be companions in the search for meaning in life and meaning in art….
It and several others are reproduced in a full-color insert not seen for review. A remarkably insightful, profoundly moving story of fraternal interdependence and unconditional love. After vividly setting the stage with brief sections that introduce Vincent and Theo near the end of their lives, Heiligman takes readers back to their beginnings.
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Structured as a walk through an art museum, the book proceeds through the years, each section a gallery: Missteps, Stumbles We see Theo, the art dealer, struggling with his own trials, consistently supporting Vincent throughout his life. The layout, which incorporates sketches, subheads, and a generous use of white space, is a calming counterpoint to the turbulent narrative. The result is a unique and riveting exploration of art, artists, and brotherly love. This means that Theo spent roughly However, Theo did not just support himself and Vincent from the average of 1, francs a month that he earned.
He also sent money home to his parents, and thus contributed to the upbringing of his sister Willemien and his brother Cor. And when he fell in love with Marie inhe also started supporting her.
His parents were very pleased with this gesture: Later money also had to be spent on his wife Jo and the infant Vincent Willem.
Theo continued supporting his elder brother generously.
Biographical & historical context - Vincent van Gogh Letters
In October he wrote: I know nothing of that. I must work to earn money. Letters and In April Vincent felt that his best paintings were worth 1, francs each letter In his salary was 50 guilders a month, or roughly francs. By way of comparison, Theo, who was four years younger, was paid 38 guilders a month in Both brothers were soon making over part of their salaries to their parents.
FR b and b Vincent never had well-paid jobs. When he was appointed as an evangelist in Januarywith responsibility for Bible readings, educating children and visiting the sick, he was only paid 50 Belgian francs a month, and his rent alone came to 30 francs. His parents also contributed to his upkeep on more than one occasion. That same month they sent him a parcel of clothes and 60 francs. His father paid him 60 Belgian francs a month when he went to live in Brussels in Octoberof which 50 francs went on his lodgings.
The Reverend Van Gogh was delighted, partly because Theo could make a bigger financial contribution to the family. He went on to work out what he himself had paid so far, and thought that he could carry on until March, and asked Theo: FR b, 14 February For this accept my heartfelt thanks.
As he wrote shortly afterwards: The remittances became structural inand they depended on where Vincent was living. Sometimes it was francs a month, sometimes The latter was equivalent to around 75 guilders, for the exchange rate in the period was on average around 47 or 48 guilders for francs. For exchange rates at the time see Posthumus This was a perfectly reasonable sum. In a factory worker in Tilburg, who earned more than a weaver, could support a family of seven on approximately 8 guilders a week.
Such a family would spend around 5. See Zemelp. It is worth comparing the following payments and expenses that Vincent had. InUncle Cor commissioned 12 pen drawings from him for 2. At the time, a good seamstress earned 6 guilders a week, and a labourer around 10 guilders. The poor relief gave mothers a maximum allowance of 1.
Van Gogh paid 14 guilders a month in rent in The Hague in From June Theo sent money three times a month on or around the 1st, 10th and 20th. These remittances and the confirmation of their receipt were of great importance for the continuity of the correspondence between the brothers. In Arles the sums went up considerably.
This is based on the assumption that Theo sent 50 francs on two occasions when no sum was specified. It can be assumed that the agreement between the brothers was that Vincent would receive 50 francs a week, for he writes: The reason why Van Gogh was often short of money was not that he received so little but that he generally spent it too enthusiastically.
Theo van Gogh (art dealer)
Theo sent a total of 2, francs between the end of February and the end of Decemberof which francs were for Gauguin. Vincent probably paid out about the same amount for furnishing the Yellow House. Theo sent francs for furnishing the house at the beginning of September letter This means that in the first ten months of the year he had between and francs a month at his disposal.
If one compares that with the francs a month that his friend the postman, Joseph Roulinhad to feed the five mouths of his family, then one can only conclude that Van Gogh was not badly off at all.