a van gogh who lived in south africa

His name is a famous name: Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890), the famous Dutch painter, son of a Reformed pastor, who worked shortly as an evangelist, but became famous as a painter. Vincent had a younger brother Theo (1857-1891), who became an artdealer and a great support to his elder brother. There was another brother, the youngest one. His name is Cornelis Vincent van Gogh (1867-1900). All three of them were born at Zundert, a small village near the Belgian border, where there father was the local reformed pastor in a Roman catholic environment.

Many pages have been written about Vincent and Theo. Now a book has been published on the youngest brother. In 1889 Cornelis Vincent (Cor) van Gogh migrated to South Africa, he was part of a small wave of Dutch that moved to South Africa in search of a better life.  At first he worked in the mines at Germiston, but very soon he was accepted as a draughtsman for the Dutch South African  Railroad Company (NZASM). He made drawings of railroad stations and railroad landings. Drawing probably was part of the genes of the Van Gogh family. Still later he fought with a Boercommando against the English forces.

The book on this Cor van Gogh has been researched and written by Chris Schoeman. Here you find some more information. 


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