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Grote Kerk
Dordrecht, The Netherlands

  • January 9, 1877 - May 2, 1877

Christianity played such a central part in Vincent's life in Dordrecht that he often attended three different services on a Sunday, at churches including the Grote Kerk. An old friend of his father’s, Petrus Marinus Keller van Hoorn (1825–1908), was the minister there. Vincent visited him at home occasionally – once, on 16 February 1877, with his father – and he asked Keller van Hoorn’s advice on studying theology. The minister apparently advised him against it, as he lacked the necessary preliminary training.

Vincent often wrote to his brother Theo about the subjects of sermons he had heard in the Grote Kerk. Thus, for instance, we know that he heard Keller van Hoorn’s reflections on the scriptural passages “I come to do thy will, O God” (Heb 10: 7–9) and “He that loveth not knoweth not God; for God is love” (1 John 4: 8). Vincent liked the area around the Grote Kerk and invariably passed through it when he took walks in the city.


M.J. Brusse
Onder de  menschen: Vincent van Gogh als boekverkoopersbediende I-III
In: Nieuwe Rotterdamse Courant 31 May 1914, 2 June 1914, 4 June 1914

E.H. Cossee
Vincent van Gogh en kerkelijk Dordrecht
In: Kwartaal & teken 6- 1 (1980), pp. 1-5

Herinneringen van C. Görlitz
Brief aan Frederik van Eeden, Nijmegen, 3 februari 1891

In: documentation file ‘Dordrecht’ in the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

Ad Molendijk
Vincent van Gogh in Dordrecht 
In: Kwartaal & Teken 16-2 (1990), pp. 3-10

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