Vincent Willem van Gogh (Paris31 January 1890 - Laren (NH)28 January 1978) was a Dutch engineer and management consultant, known as the heir to the paintings collection of his uncle, the painter Vincent van Gogh.


[hide]*1 early life

Life Course[Edit]Edit

Van Gogh was born in Paris, the son of the art dealer Theo van Gogh and the teacher Johanna Bonger. Six days before Van Gogh's first birthday, his father died. His mother settled with her young son to Bussum, where she remarried to painter Johan Cohen Gosschalk. In 1903 the family moved to Amsterdam.

Although Van Gogh grew up in an artistic environment, said art him anything. In 1907 began to Van Gogh to the Delft Technical University , where he graduated as engineerin 1913. The rest of his life would continue his nickname the engineer . In 1920 he founded with Ernst Hall called on Dutch first consultancy firm , Organization consulting firm. [1][2They focused on advice for business organisation and metalworking. [3one of their most famous employees was Berend William Bacon.

He married Josina Wibaut, daughter of Floor Wibaut, with whom he had three sons and a daughter. His eldest son, Theodore, was on 8 March 1945 by the Germans executedbecause of his activities as a resistance fighter. His second son, Johan, is the father of the filmmaker and columnist Theo van Gogh. A second marriage, with Nelly Vargas, remained childless.

Van Gogh died a few years later, at the age of 87.

Organizational consultancy[Edit]Edit

Before Van Gogh in 1920 with Hall the Organization consulting firm began, he had already gained quite some work experience at home and abroad. During his study he had worked as a volunteer at the Wiltonshipyard in Rotterdam, the Society for operation of State Railways in Tilburg, Waggonfabrik Uerdingen in Krefeld in Germany, the English steel factory Hadfields Limited and the ACEC elektromechanica factory in Charleroi in Belgium. [4]

After his graduation he started in 1913 in Spain as a supervisor in the construction of a hydroelectric power plant in the Pyrenees, in command of a Dutch investment bank. During the first world war he worked in America at a technical purchase Office in New York and San Francisco[4], where he gained experience with the theory and practice of scientific management. [5In 1918, he worked for the purchasing Office in Japan, and the following year back in New York at a metal foundry, where he was commissioned to set up a new factory.

As a partner in the Organization consulting firm Van Gogh worked mostly for public authorities and every now and then also for business. In 1933 the Office fell, after which Van Gogh set up his own consulting practice. However, In the subsequent years he became increasingly concerned with the art collection of Vincent van Gogh's work and promote.

Van Gogh Museum[Edit]Edit

Van Gogh kept the art collection which he had in 1925 after his mother's death inherited together, Vincent van Gogh's paintings from all he borrowed to several museums. His interest in the collection took over after the war, and he began to think about a museum that would be entirely dedicated to the works of his uncle.

In 1960 he founded the Vincent van Gogh Foundation with the aim to keep the collection together and in a museum to be built. The Board of the Foundation consisted of his second wife, his three surviving children, a representative of the Dutch Government and himself. On 21 July 1962, an agreement was signed between the State of the Netherlands and the Vincent van Gogh Foundation. The family wore for 15 million guilders the entire collection, consisting of 200 paintings by Vincent van Gogh and Paul Gauguin, 400 drawings, and all letters of Vincent, over to the State.

This was the basis for Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum, which was opened on 2 June 1973.


  • 1930. ten-year organization work: reprints of publications of Ernst Hymans, V van Gogh, j. Rachelle, members of the Advisory Office for organization. With Ernst Hall and j. Rachelle. Muusses Purmerend:
  • 1932. examination of labor in the silversmith company to schoonhoven. Economic Foundation Institute for the self-employed.
  • 1935. company organisation. Lead: The Science Library.
  • 1947. Vincent van Gogh: drawings from the collection of IR. v. w. van Gogh, Museum Boymans Rotterdam, July-August 1947. Rotterdam: Villela Hamdy & Richards N.V.
  • 1953. The collection of Theo van Gogh: with the exception of the works of his brother Vincent. Amsterdam: Stedelijk Museum.
  • 1968. Vincent van Gogh: paintings and drawings: selected works from the collection of the Vincent van Gogh Foundation. Amsterdam: 't Lanthuys.
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