Vincent Van Gogh was born on 1853 in the southern Netherlands. He was the oldest sibling of one brother, Cor, and three sisters, Elisabeth, Anna, and Willemia. His mother came from a wealthy family and his father was the son of a Catholic Minister. His mother encouraged him to paint as a young child, a hobby that he continued through the rest of his life. Throughout his childhood he was very unhappy, for example he was sent to a boarding school in Zevenbergen in 1864 where he constantly lived in loneliness. Throughout the late 1870s, he took up a position as a Minister's addistant and became heavily involved in relgion. It was not until 1883, when he was 30 years old, when he moved to Nuenen and became more involved in art. He faced hardship in this time, with his fathers death by a heart attack as well as a woman he was in love with, Margot being rushed to the hospital. These events in his life are reflected in the dark colors in his fist major work, The Potato Eaters. Throughout the following years of his life, he traveled from city to city, living in poverty and attempting to sell his art.