Cousin Kee Vos
Kee Vos
Art and Faith
Wrestling with his desire to be useful, in 1880 Van Gogh decides he can become an artist and still be in God's service. He writes: "To try to understand the real significance of what the great artists, the serious masters, tell us in their masterpieces, that leads to God; one man wrote or told it in a book; another, in a picture."
Van Gogh moves to Brussels and considers enrolling at the art academy, but instead tries to study independently, sometimes in the company of Dutch artist Anthon van Rappard. Because Van Gogh has no livelihood, Theo, who is at Goupil's Paris branch, sends him money. He was to do this regularly until the end of Van Gogh's life.
In Etten in 1881, Van Gogh falls in love with his cousin Kee Vos-Stricker, who rejects his advances. His dogged pursuit of Kee causes a rift with his parents. His intense religiosity begins to dissipate.