Willemina van Gogh

public profile

Is your surname van Gogh?

Research the van Gogh family

Willemina van Gogh's Geni Profile

Share your family tree and photos with the people you know and love

  • Build your family tree online
  • Share photos and videos
  • Smart Matching™ technology
  • Free!


Willemina Jacoba van Gogh

Also Known As: "Wil", "Willemien"
Birthdate: (79)
Birthplace: Zundert, Zundert, North Brabant, The Netherlands
Death: May 17, 1941 (79)
Ermelo, Ermelo, Gelderland, The Netherlands
Immediate Family:

Daughter of ds. Theodorus van Gogh and Anna Cornelia Carbentus
Sister of Vincent van Gogh; Vincent van Gogh; Anna Cornelia van Gogh; Theodorus van Gogh; Elisabeth Huberta van Gogh and 1 other

Managed by: elizabeth agatha knappert
Last Updated:

About Willemina van Gogh

Willemina Jacoba van Gogh, called Wil, was the youngest sister of the artist Vincent van Gogh and the art dealer Theo van Gogh. She was amongst the earliest feminists.

During the first part of her life Wil van Gogh served her family and others, nursing the sick. After the death of her brothers in 1890, she obtained a modest job in a hospital. There she engaged in the committee to organise the "National exhibition of women's work" (Nationale Tentoonstelling van Vrouwenarbeid), 1898. This was a highly successful enterprise and funds raised from the exhibition, 20,000 Dutch Guilders, served to establish the Dutch National bureau for women's work.

No sources record what happened afterwards, but on 4 December 1902 Wil van Gogh was interned and later transferred to House Veldwijk, a psychiatric institution at Ermelo. The diagnosis of dementia praecox, on which this measure was based, was in those days equivalent to a death sentence. Wil van Gogh dwelt at Ermelo for almost four decades before she died.

Whether she was mentally ill or not is nowadays difficult to prove. Renate Berger has established that Wil van Gogh shared the fate of many "sisters of well-known men" at the time.

Over Willemina van Gogh (Nederlands)

Zie [https://nl.wikipedia.org/wiki/Wil_van_Gogh] voor meer informatie.

view all

Willemina van Gogh's Timeline

March 16, 1862
Zundert, Zundert, North Brabant, The Netherlands
May 17, 1941
Age 79
Ermelo, Ermelo, Gelderland, The Netherlands