Van Gogh by others
Vincent in his close relatives and friendseyes. We have a few accounts given by people who knew you: Jacomina, who worked for your family,
Said you had queer habits, and that your parents often scolded you. The grocers family, opposite your house,
Who knew you as a child describes you as simple and kind, mild and shy, most generous and sympathetic.
Charles van Ginneken, your schoolmate said You were ugly with your red hair.
Theo said that as a child, you always invented funny games.
Lies, who wrote a book of memories, Describes you as troubled and disturbed: He was a most secretive child. He was remote from his brothers and sisters, remote from himself And remote from his own youth.
He always screwed up his forehead, his eyebrows were bushy and the corners of his mouth stiffened down as if he had some pains.
In your times, the Brabant was hardly industrialized...
It was a remote, quiet country, nicknamed the Brabant paradise...
The notables had their second homes there...
Surrounded by woods, heathers and moors...
It was seen as an idyllic, peaceful place, in the midst of wilderness...