Johanna van Gogh Bonger Once Said…

Johanna Gezina van Gogh-Bonger was born on October 4, 1862 and died on September 2, 1925. Johanna was a Dutch editor and translator of the letters of the van Gogh brothers. She was the wife of Theo van Gogh, art dealer, and the sister-in-law of the painter Vincent van Gogh and became a key player in the growth of Vincent’s fame.

It was he (Vincent) who helped me to accommodate my life in such a way that I can be at peace with myself. Serenity – this was the favorite word of both of them (Vincent and Theo), the something they considered the highest. Serenity – I have found it. – Johanna van Gogh-Bonger

I picked Johanna and her quote to honor her and Vincent and Theo van Gogh. Because of Johanna and her work after losing her husband and brother in law. She organized Vincent’s works for an exhibition. She also helped in the translation of the letters between the brothers (Dear Theo) and wrote the Van Gogh history.

Starry Night Over the Rhone 1888 – Vincent van Gogh

March 30, 1853, 167 years ago Vincent van Gogh was born in Zundert, Netherlands. Vincent would only live 37 years but in those years created about 2100 pieces of artwork, 860 oil paintings. He was unfortunately not commercially successful and succumbed to his mental illness and poverty. He died in Auvers-sur-Oise, France on July 29, 1890.

The Starry Night 1889 – Vincent van Gogh