How many children did Vincent Van Gogh have?

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teachersage eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Van Gogh never married and, as far as we know, never fathered any children. He was, however, very close to his brother Theo, an art dealer who supported him both emotionally and financially, encouraging his painting and paying for his art supplies (Van Gogh used a lot of paint, sometimes to his brother's frustration) for many years. Near the end of Van Gogh's life, Theo married and had a son, also named Vincent, who was born in late January, 1890, about six months before his uncle committed suicide. Some scholars believe that it was his brother's marriage and his fears that this meant Theo would no longer be able to provide the support Van Gogh had come to rely on that precipitated his final mental breakdown. Van Gogh in some ways also sought the "normal" world of domestic love and family, but he saw life through too different a set of lenses to achieve that.

jseligmann eNotes educator| Certified Educator

Van Gogh had no children of his own.

However, in 1882, after he had to leave his home in Etten, he moved to The Hague and lived in a small studio with a prostitute named Sien Hoornik. She already had a four-year-old child named Maria. Later that same year, Sien gave birth to a boy named Willem. Although, like Maria, Willem was not Van Gogh's biological offspring, he was happy to have these two children. But by 1883, the relationship between Sien and Vincent deteriorated and fell apart. There is no further evidence that Van Gogh had any other children.

arrellbelle | Student

Unfortunately, Vincent van Gogh had no children. He did; however, lived with a woman named, Sien Hoornik, where she already had a 4 year old daughter named Maria. Afterwards, Sien Hoornik gave birth to another child, a boy. Although Vincent van Gogh did not father any children, he did treat Sien Hoornik's children as his own.

Yojana_Thapa | Student

He had no children!

violetb | Student

He had no children.

In 1882 Vincent moved into a small studio in The Hague with a pregnant prostitute, Clasina Maria Hoornik ( Sien ) and her five year old daughter.

jhdhdh1 | Student

Vincent never had children that were actually his. Although, he lived with Sien who had a young girl and a baby on the way. Vincent and Sien's relationship did not last long.