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Van Gore's Gold Frame.

Vincent Van Gore, the Starving Artist, is a Portrait Ghost and one of the main antagonists in the game Luigi's Mansion. He has the ability to bring his paintings to life, and is responsible for creating the minor ghosts present inside the mansion. His portrait number in Professor E. Gadd's gallery is 21.

Luigi's Mansion

Vincent Van Gore resides in The Artist's Studio, on the third floor of the mansion. When Luigi enters the room, the ghost expresses his anger at seeing his creations being vacuumed. However, instead of fighting Luigi directly, Van Gore brings his latest works of art to life to attack him. As such, Luigi has to vacuum seven sets of minor ghosts (with three ghosts per set) before he can capture Vincent Van Gore himself.

After Luigi eliminates all of his ghost creations, Vincent Van Gore becomes very angry by the loss of his artwork. In this state, his heart is exposed and Luigi can easily suck up the spirit with his Poltergust 3000. The struggling Van Gore is eventually sucked inside the Poltergust and drops the Secret Altar Key. After being sucked up, standard enemy ghosts such as Purple Bombers will no longer spawn in any remaining dark hallways, though smaller ghosts like bats will continue spawning.

Van Gore's ghosts

In battle, Van Gore used sets of ghosts to attack Luigi; each group consisted of three (five in the PAL Hidden Mansion and remake) ghosts. In order, the seven following types of ghosts are:

  • Gold Ghosts
  • Purple Punchers
  • Blue Twirlers
  • Red Grabbing Ghosts
  • Red Ghost Guys
  • Garbage Can Ghosts
  • Purple Bombers

Physical appearance

Vincent Van Gore has teal skin, white hair, a white mustache and pointed beard, and glowing green eyes. He wears a red beret, a deep green overcoat over a red and yellow striped shirt, and often carries his palette and paintbrush.


  • Vincent Van Gore is a parody of the artist Vincent van Gogh. However, Van Gore speaks with a stereotypical French accent, even though the actual Van Gogh was Dutch.
  • A painting of a man resembling Van Gore can be found at the far end of the Parlor, near the candles Luigi must extinguish. This image may depict Van Gore's appearance when he was alive.
  • Vincent Van Gore is the only non-Boss ghost to give away a "special key".
  • There is a glitch where if Luigi leaves the room before he gets the key, it vanishes. The only way to fix this is by going out to the Balcony and back into the room, or by resetting the console.
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