What you'll do
The family Van Gogh lived in Etten for 7 years. During this period Vincent’s father was a preacher of the protestant church in Etten. During these 7 years Vincent often came home for a short period. From April until Christmas 1881 Vincent lived at the vicarage in Etten. Making drawings every day from early in the morning until late at night. Etten-Leur is the place where Vincent was registered as an artist for the first time. Here he had his first own work and studyroom. Etten was a turning point in Van Gogh’s life! We walk and we marvel. Vincent loved Etten. In 1888, when he lived in Arles (France) he made a beautiful painting of the parsonage garden. Our walk starts with a visit to the Van Gogh Church. We get a good impression of Vincent’s models. We pay attention to his unrequited love for his cousin Kee Vos-Stricker. What a story is that! We continue with a walk around the church. We see Vincent's first drawings on a huge wall with his world famous self-portrait. An ideal spot to make a selfie! We walk along places mentioned by Vincent in his letters and visit locations of which he made drawings. We pay also a visit to the Van Gogh Style Room “Boerenkamer".
Hi, I'm Luci. I manage the bookings for Cor Kerstens and Vincent Martens, our Airbnb guides. Two experts who know everything about Van Gogh, especially his early years. They both are fascinated by his drawings, paintings and letters. The famous letters ignited their still ongoing passion for Van Gogh. Cor was born in Etten, in the same house as Piet Kaufmann, one of Vincent van Gogh's models. He organizes walks and gives lectures. With the same first name, and similar to Vincent van Gogh, Vincent Martens was born and raised in Zundert. Recently he gained a Master’s degree in Imagineering!
About the organisation
Foundation Vincent van Gogh Etten-Leur
Foundation Vincent van Gogh Etten-Leur is a non-profit cultural organization. Etten-Leur is the place where Vincent Van Gogh started his career! Having failed as an art dealer, teacher and preacher, Vincent van Gogh arrived in Etten (nowadays Etten-Leur), a small village in the Dutch province of North-Brabant. It was here where Vincent decided to become an artist! His family lived here for 7 years
This is a social impact experience where 100% of what you pay for this experience goes to Foundation Vincent van Gogh Etten-Leur.
Local titbit: Petit Crêpe Vincent” at the colourful “Bistro Vincents”.
Coffee/tea at “Bistro Vincents”. Guide Vincent Martens ends his tour with a nip of Van Gogh’s favorite drink: absynth.
Van Gogh Church and Van Gogh Style Room at the museum Etten+Leur.
Where you'll be
We start with a visit to the Van Gogh Church. We continue with a walk around the protestant church and the old marketplace. We pass the old graveyard, Vincent's statue, the house of the sexton Sander de Graaf, the "Moeier-tree" (1675), the old town hall, the house of his doctor Ludovices van Genk, the almhouse St Paul (1681) with the "Boerenkamer" and the catholic church. We end at the colourful Bistro Vincents.
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Up to 6 guests ages 12 and up can attend.
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