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How Well Do You Know Van Gogh?

On Thursday, December 8, Pulitzer Prize–winning authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith will give a free lecture (and booksigning) on their acclaimed new biography, Van Gogh: The Life, at 6:00 in the Art Institute's Fullerton Hall. In their talk, the authors present surprising new discoveries, including a shocking new conclusion to the life of this great Post-Impressionist painter.

And how well do you know the tempestuous life of this famous—or infamous—artist? The first person to answer the following questions (from the book, natch) correctly wins two tickets to the museum for free access to the lecture. Leave it in the comments!

1. In the van Gogh-Carbentus family tree, how many Vincent van Goghs preceded Vincent Willem van Gogh?

2. What was van Gogh's first job title?

3. Van Gogh once put his hand into the flame of a lamp and said he would keep his hand in the flame until:

4. Beginning in 1885 while in Antwerp, van Gogh began collecting these objects to decorate his studio.

5. Naifeh and Smith attribute the famous roommate drama between van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles to many things, but what, according to Naifeh and Smith, might have pushed relations between the two roommates over the edge?