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n. (obsolete spelling of scion English)


Sien may refer to:

  • Sien of Diauehi, king of an ancient people of north-east Anatolia
  • Sien, Germany, an Ortsgemeinde – a municipality belonging to a Verbandsgemeinde, a kind of collective municipality – in the Birkenfeld district in Rhineland-Palatinate, Germany
  • Sien Hoornik, mistress of Vincent van Gogh and model for his famous drawing Sorrow
  • Wong Foon Sien (1899–1971), Canadian journalist and labour activist
  • Osowa Sień
  • Ot en Sien, a 1902 old children's book, written by a teacher in Drenthe, the Netherlands
  • Red Sien, a 1975 Dutch comedy film directed by Frans Weisz, produced by Rob du Mée
  • Sien Sovv
  • Sien Eggers
  • Sien Devliegher
Sien (Van Gogh series)

Vincent van Gogh drew and painted a series of works of his mistress Sien during their time together in the Netherlands. In particular, his drawing Sorrow is widely acknowledged as a masterwork of draftsmanship, the culmination of a long and sometimes uncertain apprenticeship in learning his craft.

Commonly called Sien Hoornik, Clasina Maria Hoornik (1850 - 1904) lived with Van Gogh during much of his time in The Hague from 1881 to 1883. Van Gogh used Sien, a pregnant prostitute, as a model for his work and later took Sien and her daughter into his home. Van Gogh made drawings and paintings of Sien and her daughter, baby and mother over that period, which reflected the domestic life and hardships of the working poor. Their relationship was not accepted by his family or supporters, although his brother Theo did not withdraw his support over it. It did contribute undoubtedly, however, to a split with Anton Mauve, a cousin-in-law and noted painter of the Hague School, who had introduced Van Gogh to painting as well as supporting him financially, and whom Van Gogh revered. At his brother Theo's urging, Van Gogh left Sien in 1883 to paint in Drenthe, putting an end to the only domestic relationship he was ever to have.

Sien resumed her life as a seamstress, cleaning woman and likely prostitute before marrying in 1901. On 12 November 1904, aged 54, she threw herself into the Schelde river and drowned, fulfilling a prophecy she had made to Van Gogh in 1883: "Yes, I'm a whore ... it’s bound to end up with me jumping into the water."

Usage examples of "sien".

La chambre verte, dans laquelle ma mere mettait mon petit lit pres du sien, je la considerais, dans sa douceur auguste et dans sa saintete familiere, comme le point sur lequel le ciel versait ses rayons avec ses graces, ainsi que cela se voit dans les images de saintete.

Nelson le sait mieux que personne, lui qui a fait faire aux siens des prodiges!

Mais, honnete homme, il ne pouvait pas employer un moyen qui, pour faire le bonheur des siens, faisait surement son malheur a lui, en empoisonnant sa vie.

I wanted to talk to Sien about this fellow Nostradamus that lived in the sixteenth century, and I also wanted to do some research on him.

Bonorino, que había asistido al corso de Belgrano disfrazado de cocoliche, recibió un mortal botellazo en la sien.

Omas had called a select group of people together to discuss the outcomes of both meetings: apart from Hamner, both Skywalkers were there, along with Leia Organa Solo, Releqy A'Kla, and Sien Sow, the Sul-lustan Supreme Commander of the slowly re-forming Galactic Alliance military.

It was a massive contrast to the last time Mara had watched Sien Sow in action.