Yoly Tovar asks why it was Vincent van Gogh’s sister-in-law Jo Bonger who recognised the quality of his work. Check out the answer.
After Vincent’s death, his brother Theo wanted nothing more than to raise the profile of his brother’s work. But just six months later, Theo died of the effects of syphilis.
His wife, Johanna van Gogh-Bonger, was left with their young son Vincent Willem and a sizeable art collection. She set about completing the task Theo had bestowed upon himself.
Jo sold some of Vincent’s works, loaned others out for exhibitions and published his letters to Theo. Without her dedication, Vincent would never have become so famous.
But Theo and Jo weren’t the only ones to appreciate Van Gogh’s work. In the latter stage of his life, Vincent could count Gauguin, Signac and Bernard – his fellow artists and friends – amongst his admirers.