Van Gogh family
Vincent van Gogh had no children of his own to look after his
legacy. Even so his collection of paintings and letters has been
preserved and has become world-famous! In particular the
descendants of brother Theo and his wife Jo Bonger played an
important part in maintaining this collection. The 'Vincent van
Gogh Stichting' (Foundation) was inaugurated in 1962. Its aim was
to keep Vincent's collection intact. The foundation therefore gave
the entire collection to the Dutch State on permanent loan, for
them to house in the new and yet to be built Van Gogh Museum in
Amsterdam. This opened in 1973 and so Jo van Gogh-Bonger's ideal
and that of her son Ir. Dr. Vincent W. van Gogh (Johan's father)
were realised: that the collection should be accessible to all
people and for all time!
Van Gogh produced a quarter of all his works while in Nuenen.
Logical, therefore, that a special bond exists between the family
and Nuenen. The family was involved in the restoration of the
parsonage, loaned paintings for a large exhibition in 1965, opened
the Van Gogh Documentation Centre in 1976, which was followed by
the Vincentre in 2010.