Money is a problem
in the family. Lack of money. Vincents father, a small minister
from remote regions, earned little money, and bitterly discussed his wages
before accepting a new post. His five children, cleaning women
meant he had to face money problems all his life. He urged his children
to work at an early age: Vincent at 16, Theo at 15, Anna was sent to England
to earn a living.
Except for the time when he was a salaried employee at Goupils,
Vincent always ran out of money. Despite the agreement with Theo, (money
for canvas ) he lived in extreme poverty almost all his life.
However, the monthly instalment of 150F sent by Theo amounted to a postal
workers salary, for example, who had a family to feed.
What did he do with the money? The canvas, colours and models he couldnt
to the detriment of his meals (sour apples, rye bread,
In Nuenen, Vincent cant stand being his brothers protégé
anymore. When everyone questioned him about what he lived on,Vincent would
have liked to say he was living on his paintings. Thats why he asks
Theo to agree that he will send him all his works in return for money
he receives from him. From this moment, he will send Theo all his works.