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Salon du Bebé
Borinage, Belgium

  • January 1, 1879 - June 30, 1879

Between January and July 1879, Vincent gave several sermons in the Salon du Bébé (also called Le temple du Bébé). A branch of the Protestant church of Grand-Wasmes convened in the hall, which held about a hundred people. Vincent wrote to his brother Theo that he found it difficult to understand the local inhabitants, who spoke an extremely fast French dialect. He also had to speak rapidly to make himself understood. The quality of Vincent's preaching must have left something to be desired, as his contract was not renewed. The Belgian evangelism committee concluded he was not a talented speaker and was not capable of organising productive meetings. 


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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