Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853. His parents lived in the
In April 1881 he moved back in with his parents who lived near Etten. He continued to develop his talent by constantly sketching life around him. He also fell in love with his recently widowed cousin. When she refused to marry him, he traveled to
In 1882 Vincent moved to
Vincent continued to develop his knowledge, skill, and creativity by constantly drawing and painting. He created his first major oil painting, The Potato Eaters, in 1885. At this time he used dark colors for his paintings. Writing from Paris, his brother Theo—an art dealer—told him his paintings weren’t selling because the Impressionist painters there were all using much brighter colors and the people buying paintings much preferred them.
In November 1885 he moved to
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