Vincent's first exposure to the art world was when he worked at the Hague gallery of the French art dealersGoupil & Co., which had been established by his uncle Vincent. His brother Theo later worked for the same company. After working for the art dealers, Vincent took the job of assistant teacher,and preacher in a boarding school in England, but this was short lived and his obsession with evangelical Christianity made him want to become a clergyman like his father, so he tried to enroll in atheology school, but was refused admittance.
Vincent later enrolled in a missionary school in Belgium, determined to help those in need, and preach to the poor. He preached and lived amongst the minersin southern Belgium, but his fanatical attitude and pious lifestyle were such that the church did not renew his appointment fro the following year. After much though and meditation on the subject,Vincent decided to become an artist, feeling this was his last recourse at doing God's work.
Penniless, Vincent worked independently as an artist in Brussels, while his brother Theo supported him bysending him money. Van Gogh later returned to the Hague to take painting lessons from his cousin Anton Mauve. His talents soon emerged, and in very little time, he had developed his own unique style.Van Gogh's bold use of color, and composition were first made evident in a series of paintings of the Hague, commissioned by his uncle Cornelis. van Gogh's fascination with the poor, and theworking class were the subject of many of his early works, the first, a series he painted while Drenthe, in the northeastern Netherlands, followed by a series of 40 portraits he painted.
Theo, who had...