Hannah Jobse asks what Van Gogh’s biggest secret was. Check out the answer.
If you read Vincent’s letters, he doesn’t come across as a man who had big secrets. He was generally open in his correspondence with Theo, although it sometimes took him a while to report his latest news – such as his relationship with Sien Hoornik in The Hague.
He expressed any grievances he had, and vented how he felt about what was keeping him busy. In 1877, he wrote in a letter to Theo: ‘Thanks for coming here yesterday, and do let’s carry on having as few secrets as possible. We’re brothers, after all’.
It would’ve naturally been quite a scoop to discover that Van Gogh had fathered 16 children on the sly, but we’re yet to find any such skeletons in his cupboard.