was born in Zundert on March 30th 1853. His father, Theodorus, was the
minister of the small village and his mother, whose father was the courts
binder, was Anna-Cornelia Carbentus. Two families of notables whose parents
hold important office in Bréda and Amsterdam.
Vincent was born exactly one year after his parents' first child, who
had come lifeless to the world.
We can imagine his parents anxiety at his birth and during the first
years of his life.
Vincent was a difficult, stubborn and withdrawn child.
At eleven years old, he leaves his native house for the small Protestant
boarding school in Zevenberger then in Tilburg, where he wont complete
his secondary school course. Nevertheless, he will learn three languages.
He goes back home and is not sent to school for a year and half.
His uncle Cent has him hired as clerk in the La Haye gallery he had just
sold to the Paris Goupil firm.
Vincent learns to be an art dealer, visits museums, gets interested in
the new trends in painting. The gallery organizes important exhibits.
For a child born in the country, the big city of La Haye is a delight.
He adapts to the city, improves in his job where he is appreciated by
both his boss and the customers. He travels to Paris, Brussels to search
out pictures and takes advantage of it to visit museums...
He feels well and is going to regret his galerys choice to move
him to the London branch.
Even if London attracts him, he will regret to "leave so many friends".
Its in London that his destiny changes radically....