Solimar Hillier asks who supported Vincent van Gogh financially and emotionally throughout his life. Discover the answer.
The most notable support came from Theo van Gogh, Vincent’s younger brother – four years his junior. For an entire decade, Theo slipped Vincent a weekly envelope of money, while also primarily providing moral support.
Without Theo, Vincent wouldn’t have been able to develop into an artist. After admitting himself to the institution in Saint-Rémy, he wrote in a letter to Theo:
‘So there you have it, these days have been sad, moving house, transporting all my furniture, packing up the canvases which I’ll send you, but above all it seemed sad to me that all that had been given to me by you with so much brotherly affection, and that for so many years, it was however you alone who supported me, and then to be obliged to come back to tell you all this sad story...’.