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What drove Vincent Van Gogh born March 301853 to his mental illness and suicide Could it have been the many things he tried but failed at in his life He failed in many different careers in love and even his artwork Van Gogh sold only one painting his entire life Because of his mental illness he was considered a crazy person At the age of sixteen Van Gogh went to go work with his Uncle Vincent whom he was named after as an art dealer at the Goupil and Co This job had branches not only in Europe but America also Vincent was assigned the branch in London There he got his first rejection in love He fell in love with the daughter of his landlady Van Gogh thought her feelings would be mutual though she was not attracted to him In fact she was disgusted by him She was engaged to be married anyway Because he was so hurt from this rejection he took it out on his career He told the costumers they were buying useless junk and insulted them for that Van Gogh had to go to Paris and only his uncles influence allowed him a second chance with the firm His harsh behavior toward the costumers continued In 1876 the Goupils managers had to let him go Van Gogh being the son of a Lutheran minister was very much drawn toward religion Van Gogh decided to prepare himself for ministry by training in the study of theology He failed at the courses and could not be the minister he hoped to become Even though he failed the courses he still had the desire to be a minister His superiors sent him as a lay missionary to Belgium instead There he wanted to be like his father and help out the unfortunates as a preacher He tried to fight poverty through the teachings of Christ Van Goghs mission had to
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