Maison Van Gogh

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Maison Van Gogh
Van Gogh - House in Cuesmes - Exterior.JPG
General information
Address Rue du Pavillon, 3
7033 Cuesmes
Country Belgium
Coordinates 50°26′29″N 3°55′31″E / 50.44139°N 3.92528°E / 50.44139; 3.92528Coordinates: 50°26′29″N 3°55′31″E / 50.44139°N 3.92528°E / 50.44139; 3.92528

Maison Van Gogh (or Van Gogh House) is a museum in the village of Cuesmes, near Mons in Belgium. Vincent Van Gogh lived here at the time when he decided to be a painter.


Cuesmes is in the Borinage, at that time a coal-mining area; Vincent van Gogh came here in 1879 as a layman preacher. He became concerned about the lives of the miners, and went down into the mines, the Belgian Union of Protestant Churches, dissatisfied with this involvement, dismissed him after six months, but he continued without pay.[1][2]

Interior of the museum in 2015

During this period, from 1879 to 1880, he stayed in the annexe of a house in Cuesmes occupied by a miner named Decrucq and his family, from there he wrote to his brother Theo that he was considering what purpose he could give to his life; inspired by the lives of the miners, he started to produce drawings. From 1880 he started painting in earnest.[1][2]

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  1. ^ a b History Maison Van Gogh, accessed 4 July 2017.
  2. ^ a b Biography of Vincent Van Gogh Vincent Van Gogh Gallery, accessed 4 July 2017.