Van Gogh in Dordrecht, The Netherlands
- January 3, 1877 - May 2, 1877
Vincent came to Dordrecht in January 1877 to work in the Blussé & Van Braam bookshop. He did not enjoy the job; he wanted to be a minister and was preoccupied by thoughts of Christianity and his future. He worked long days in the shop and spent his scant free time walking in the city, talking with his housemate and reading the Bible in his room. He lodged with Pieter Rijken and his wife, Maria Aelmans, who kept a boarding house above their grocery. Vincent’s religious fanaticism was such that every Sunday he attended services at three different churches. His thirteen preserved letters from Dordrecht are packed with biblical references. Vincent’s desire to take holy orders grew steadily, and he looked into studying theology. Finally, he left Dordrecht in May 1877 to go to Amsterdam to prepare for his training.