Van Gogh in Ramsgate? Find!
Hi Folks below is an excerpt from the website www.churchillhouse.com about Van Gogh links to Kent.
...Did you know that Vincent Van Gogh painted our language school, Churchill House? To be perfectly correct, he didn't paint it - he sketched it . Also this was back in 1876 and our language school was not founded then. However, he did draw one of the buildings we use today.
Perhaps you are wondering why Van Gogh was in Ramsgate? Van Gogh became a painter very late in life. His first job was working for an art dealer's in the Hague. In 1873, at the age of twenty, he was transferred to their London branch. During this time he fell in love. Unfortunately, the girl rejected him and Van Gogh became extremely depressed.
He had problems at work and started to become obsessively religious. Then, in 1876, he left his job and travelled to Ramsgate. He took a teaching job in a small boarding school in the square where Churchill House is today. From the window of the school, he drew the view across the square and in it you can see our school's building.
Van Gogh left Ramsgate later that year and started painting full-time in 1880, at the age of twenty-seven...
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