Vincent Van Gogh was born on March the 30th, 1853 in Zundert, a town in the southern Netherlands. He died at his own hand in France at the age of 37. The son of a protestant pastor, he was the eldest of six children and, by all accounts, had a normal life, and a happy childhood. Van gogh came from an upstanding family of clergymen, art-dealers, and military officers, and his parents wished for him to follow in this tradition. As a child, he was an insatiable reader. He most famous paintings were the, Starry Light, SunFlowers, Irises, Poppies, The Bedroom, Blossoming Almond Tree, The Mulberry Tree, and the Potato eaters.