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Edouard Francq
Borinage, Belgium

  • June 30, 1880 - August 1, 1879

After the Belgian evangelism committee failed to extend his contract as a lay preacher, Vincent moved to the village of Cuesmes, where he found lodging with the preacher Edouard Joseph Francq (1819–1902). It must have been a difficult time for Vincent, who had failed in his work once again, embarrassing and confusing himself and his family. Relations must have become strained, for Theo and Vincent stopped corresponding for nearly a year. Fascinated by the Borinage and the characters he saw around him, Vincent drew frequently:

“Often sit up drawing until late at night to have some keepsakes and to strengthen thoughts that automatically spring to mind upon seeing the things.” Read the complete letter

Vincent received a paint box and sketchbook from his old boss Tersteeg in 1879, and in no time the sketchbook was half full. Little is known about Vincent's stay with the Francqs or its duration because of an absence of letters and other sources.


Georges Duez
Vincent van Gogh au Borinage 
Mons, 1986

Geneviève Eeckaut
Van Gogh au Borinage
Marcinelle, 1990

Sjraar van Heugten (ed.)
Van Gogh in de Borinage: de geboorte van een kunstenaar
Brussel, 2015

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