Nina Zagoranski asks whether Van Gogh had a nickname. Read on for the answer.
Vincent did indeed have a nickname, but it didn’t stick for long. In Neunen, a town in the southern Dutch province of North Brabant where he lived with his parents between 1883 and 1885, people called him the ‘the little painter fellow’. Van Gogh alludes to the nickname in a letter to his brother Theo.
Local peasants and weavers often posed for Vincent, digging, winding yarn or simply as portrait models. Vincent had difficulty finding models during harvest, when all workers were needed to tend the land.