Vincent's father, Th. van Gogh dies and Vincent moves to
On March 26, Vincent's father dies suddenly from a stroke. In
keeping with his humanitarian outlook, he painted peasants and
workers, the most famous picture from this period being The Potato
Eaters . Van Gogh left for Antwerp at the end of 1885 on the advice
of Antoine Mauve where he studied briefly at the Art Academy of
Ecole des Beaux-Arts. Van Gogh was quite excited by the city,
writing to his brother: "I find here the friction of ideas I want."
He has access to better art supplies, the opportunity to draw from
nude models, and is exposed to the substantial collections of Dutch
and Belgian art in the city's museums and galleries, particularly
the paintings of Peter Paul Rubens. Among the exotic goods entering
Europe through Antwerp are Japanese woodblock prints, which Vincent
begins to collect.