Vincent’s interest in art began at an early age. He began to draw as a child and continues making drawings throughout the years leading to his decision to become an artist. His early drawings do not approach the intensity he developed in his later work. In March 1868, Van Gogh left school and returned home. In July 1869, His uncle helped him obtain a position with the art dealer Goupil & Cie in The Hague. After his training, Goupil transferred him to London where he lodged at 87 Hackford Road, Brixton and worked at Goupil & Co.
Vincent fell in love with his landlady’s daughter, Eugenie Loyer, but when he finally confessed his feelings to her, she rejected him saying that she was secretly engaged to former lodger. After this he became increasingly isolated and fervent about religion; his father and uncle arranged for him to go back to Paris. Vincent never wanted to have kids because he never had serious relationships. After that, Van Gogh returned to England for unpaid work as a supply teacher in small boarding school, where he made sketches of the view. He then moved to another school but that didn’t work so he became a Methodist minister’s assistant to preach the gospel. His family sent him to Amsterdam to study theology in 1877, where he stayed with his uncle Jan Van Gogh. He failed his exam three times to get into the missionary school and he then took a temporary post as a missionary in the village. He returned to Cuesmes where he lodged until October with a miner named Charles Decrucq. Interested in the people and scenes around him, Van Gogh recorded his time there in his drawings and followed Theo's suggestion that he should take up art in earnest. He traveled to Brussels that autumn intending to follow Theo's recommendation to study with the prominent Dutch artist.
Vincent Van Gogh won no awards during his lifetime, but there are awards named after him. The Vincent van Gogh Biennial Award for Contemporary Art in Europe is awarded every two years to a European artist that judges believe "will have significant, enduring impact on contemporary art." The award was created and is funded by The Broere Charitable Foundation in memory of Monique Zajfen, a Broere family friend. Vincent van Gogh's early works used muted, dark colors and depicted working class people in a very realistic manner. His move to Paris changed his painting style from painting subject matter in realistic terms to painting to represent the emotion and