Throughout his career Josep Amat maintained close links with the painter Joaquím Mir, with whom he studied. Rather than a particular style, Mir taught Amat a system of painting and an approach to the canvas. As a result, and although it is true that the two painters have some features in common, Amat developed a highly individual approach in which he depicted subjects that did not in general interest his teacher. During his mature phase, however, Amat focused on the domestic, intimate theme of the courtyard in works that reveal a return to Mir’s style and method of painting. The construction of the composition through colour, the reverberation of the light on the background foliage and the loose, deft brushwork all look back to his master’s style. In 1981, the year he produced this canvas, Amat became a member of the Royal San Jorge Academy of Fine Arts. As an homage to Mir, his entry speech was entitled "A History of Landscape".