Rents rooms in Schenkweg 138, where he sets up his studio (196, 198).
Takes lessons in drawing and watercolouring with Mauve. Joins the Pulchri Studio artists’ society in order to draw from the clothed model there (202).
End of January
Meets the pregnant ex-prostitute Sien Hoornik, who becomes his regular model (224, 228).
Sells a drawing to Tersteeg (205).
Is in touch with the artists Weissenbruch, De Bock, Jules van de Sande Bakhuyzen and Bernardus Blommers (204, 210, 214). Befriends George Breitner (204).
Reads Sensier’s La vie et l’oeuvre de J.F. Millet (210).
Draws 12 views of The Hague that have been commissioned by his Uncle Cor (210, 213).
Uncle Cor commissions a second series of cityscapes (214). Theo moves to 25 rue Laval in Montmartre (218, 223).
About 10 April
Sends Theo a drawing (216).
18 or 19 April
Sends Theo a drawing (218).
Sends Theo a drawing (223).
About 7 May
Sends Theo 3 drawings (224).
12 or 13 May
Sends Theo ‘two dozen’ drawings (226, 231).
Visit from Van Rappard (231).
End of May
Sends the second series of cityscapes (7 drawings) to Uncle Cor (232).
Sends Theo a drawing (233, 234).
Reads Zola’s Une page d’amour, quickly followed by Le ventre de Paris, Nana, La curée, La faute de l’abbé Mouret, Son Excellence Eugène Rougon and L’assommoir (244, 245, 250, 255, 259, 260).
1 or 2 June
Reports to Theo that his collection now comprises more than 1,000 prints, mainly from English and French illustrated magazines (234).
Sends Theo 2 drawings (235).
7 June-1 July
In the Municipal Hospital in The Hague to be treated for gonorrhoea (237, 241).
Moves to Schenkweg 136 (243, 245).
Sends his doctor a watercolour as thanks for his treatment (245).
Shortly before 9 July
Visits an exhibition of French art from private collections at the Academie van Beeldende Kunsten in The Hague (246).
Sien, her five-year-old daughter Maria and her newborn son Willem move in with him (246).
His parents move from Etten to Nuenen, to which the Reverend Van Gogh has been called. They live at De Berg F523.
About 2-4 August
Visit from Theo (252).
Visits the seventh exhibition of the Hollandsche Teeken-Maatschappij (256), and a showing of works from the Koninklijk Genootschap van Nederlandsche Aquarellisten (Royal Dutch Society of Watercolourists) (265 and 267).
Reads Erckmann-Chatrian’s Les deux frères, Daudet’s Les rois en exil and Le Nabab, Hugo’s Quatre-vingt-treize and Zola’s Pot-bouille (265, 274, 286, 292)
Sends Theo a painting (269).
Practices lithography in the hope of finding work as an illustrator.
Sends Theo and Van Rappard impressions of his lithographs (281, 283, 284, 289).
Creates a portrait of Jozef Blok, a bookseller, in pencil, watercolour, lithographic crayon, on paper:
Drawing – Portrait of Jozef Blok – November 1882 – The Hague; pencil, watercolour, lithographic crayon, on paper, 38.5 x 26.3 cm
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)