Vincent Van Gogh at Helvoirt

After spending sixteen years in Zundert, Dorus, Vincent’s father, accepted a new post in Helvoirt, another small Brabant village.
When he left, the Zundert Protestant community’s situation improved, it no longer was threatened and grew. It seemed to have got through the numerous difficulties it had known ever since the end of the eighteenth century.
Dorus may have thought he had accomplished his mission and agreed to go to Helvoirt, a village whose Protestant community was in greater danger than in Zundert.