Karin Stolwijk asks whether Van Gogh taught any students. Have a look at the answer.
This may not be the answer you’d have expected, but Van Gogh did indeed teach students, in 1884-85. In Neunen, he wrote in a letter: ‘I now have 3 people in Eindhoven who want to learn to paint and whom I’m teaching to paint still lifes’. These three prospective artists were the goldsmith Antoon Hermans, the tanner Anton Kerssemakers and telegrapher Willem van de Wakker.
Vincent was primarily in touch with Kerssemakers; he taught him painting techniques. In a letter from 16 July 1885 he recommended the use of the perspective frame. They sometimes painted and took walks together, and visited museums and events including the Rijksmuseum in Amsterdam and the World’s Fair in Antwerp.
It’s doubtful whether Van Gogh actually earned any money from the lessons: ‘I have a plan, though, to gradually get people to pay something — not in money, however, but by telling them ‘you must give me tubes of paint’, he wrote in a letter to Theo.