Hidde-Rinze Koornstra asks whether Van Gogh studied art. Read the answer to this question.
Van Gogh was mostly self-taught. He taught himself to draw using a range of books about drawing techniques, perspective and anatomy. He created his own study programme, which saw him copy endless examples of drawings.
He did register for the art academy in Brussels (1880) and Antwerp (1886), but his education at both institutions was short-lived. The tutors weren’t fond of his robust style, and Van Gogh didn’t care for the traditional teaching methods.
In Paris (1886), Van Gogh spent about three months working in fellow artist Fernand Cormon’s studio. At this ‘atelier libre’, artists studied naked and clothed models, and the ‘master’ called by once a week to offer tips.
So all in all, Van Gogh didn’t have much official artistic education.