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Im not going to include a full biography of Vincent van Gogh since such information is easily enough obtained from the more traditional media do people still visit libraries and book shops these days As I mention on my References page David Sweetmans Van Gogh His Life and Art is an excellent biography and I would definitely recommend it In addition the chronology I include below gives a reasonable overview of the important events in the course of Vincents life For my own Van Gogh site Id instead like to take a more personal approach as I certainly do on my own Personal View page and focus on a few details throughout the course of Vincents life which for me have some interest Often these may be just isolated moments but each one offers a clue to the overall tapestry of Van Goghs life The Wanderer Ive always been haunted by the image of Vincent as the wanderer--of his time spent in poverty and isolation as he sought to help those around him and perhaps to find himself in the process Picture Vincent as he gives one of his first sermons in Isleworth outside of London Ask yourself if you could be anywhere at any point in history what would your top ten choices be Riding with Joan of Arc as she battled the Burgundians Watching Mozart conduct the premier performance of Le nozze di Figaro A quiet dinner with the Curies For me Id say all of the above and more but I would give anything to have been able to see Vincent preach a sermon He was so passionate about his beliefs but never really connected with the religious world It must have really been something Then follow Vincent as he travels to Brussels on foot to seek counsel from Pastor Pietersen at the evangelical college He has little more than the a few sketches and the clothes on his back but he
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