In the fall of 1883, van Gogh left for Drenthe, where he first lived in Hoogeveen before moving to a boarding house in Nieuw Amsterdam / Veenord. He explored the region from his base there. The countryside of Drenthe, extraction of peat, and the uniqueness of the province created an indelible impression on van Gogh--so much so that he immortalized them in his paintings, drawings and water colors.