Vincent van Gogh's grandfather
Grandfather Vincent was a famous preacher in Breda. He played an active part in the Brabant church for forty years, and was the leader of associations of charity and of a Protestant school. His church was moderate, preaching a peaceful relationship with the Catholics.
During the Belgian
revolution, which led to deep tensions with the Catholics, he opposed
to more radical associations, such as "Unitas", which were questioning
and criticizing his moderate views. One third of his association!s members
left him to join these most aggressive, anti-papist associations. They
accused the Association "du Bien-Etre" of "well-being"
not struggling against the Catholics who threatened to take power in the
Brabant, and of not preaching the "right religion".