Vincent moved to Paris from Antwerp in February of 1886 to live with his brother and pursue painting as a career. After living in a cramped apartment until June, the brothers move to Montmartre, an artist’s community up on a windmill-covered hill overlooking the center of the city and its environs beyond. Paris in the 1880’s has seen the machine age begin and train travel has made the cool suburbs accessible during hot summer days. Factories and smokestacks have begun to encroach on the outskirts as the city expands beyond its old ramparts.