By Steve Kovacs (Introduction by Chuck Gibson)

LOVELAND, OH (March 30, 2021) – In Issue 2021-60 of Steve Kovacs Fun with Maps, we celebrate the birth of van Gogh. . .


Happy Birthday to the Dutch post-impressionist painter, Vincent van Gogh, born in 1853 on this day.

He became famous after his death.  During his short 37 years he was poor, often depressed and mentally ill.  Yet he produced about 2100 pieces of art, which are highly valued by art lovers of today.

He spent his last four years in France, first in Paris then in the south of France, where the majority of his most famous paintings were created.   

For me, one of his most impactful paintings is the “Bedroom in Arles” – you can feel Vincent’s pain in this work of art of an otherwise rather simple room.   True genius.

This map by Ortelius from 1602 shows some of the places Vincent stayed in the south of France: Arles, Avignon, and Montpelier.

Arles, Avignon, and Montpelier in this South of France Map-1602 (Credit Steve Kovacs)

Steve Kovacs and his wife Theresa reside in Loveland, Ohio where they raised their two children. He is a passionate collector of antique maps.

Visit his antique map boutique world-on-paper online. Watch for his daily feature Steve Kovacs: Antique Maps & Fun Facts here on Loveland Beacon.