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Family Haanebeek
The Hague, The Netherlands

  • July 30, 1869 - May 10, 1873

During his first period living in The Hague (1869–1873), Vincent had contact with the Haanebeek family, distant relations of his. It is likely that he was in love with one of them, Carolina “Caroline” Adolphina Haanebeek (1852–1926). His love went unrequited, however, and in 1873 Caroline married Willem Jacob van Stockum (1846–1900). Vincent’s brother Theo, in turn, fell in love with Caroline’s sister Jannetje “Annet” Haanebeek; she died in 1875 after an illness, to Theo’s great sorrow. Vincent’s friendly feelings for Caroline – in spite of her failure to return his love – are evidenced in several letters he sent her and her husband from London. He told them he retained happy memories of evenings with the family at Lange Poten. While living in London, Vincent advised his brother Theo, who had just moved to The Hague:

“often in the evenings to the Van StockumsBorchers &c. I believe you won’t regret it, you’ll feel much freer as soon as you’ve started this regimen.” Read the complete letter 

During his second period living in The Hague (27 November 1881–11 September 1883), however, Vincent rarely mentioned the friends who had played such a prominent role during his first stay. 


Teun Berserik and Feico Hoekstra
Vincent van Gogh: de vroege jaren 

Amsterdam, 2012

F. Leeman and J. Sillevis
De Haagse School en de jonge Van Gogh

Zwolle, 2005

In de voetsporen van Van Gogh
Wandeling bij De Haagse School en de jonge Van Gogh
Gemeentemuseum Den Haag, 2005

Michiel van der Mast and Charles Dumas
Van Gogh en Den Haag

Zwolle, 1990

Jan Meyers
De jonge Vincent: jaren van vervoering en vernedering

Amsterdam, 1989

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