The colours of the southern French countryside in summer dominate this painting: the warm yellowy-gold of the wheat and azure green of the shimmering light. The painting shows the plain of La Crau, outside Arles, with in the distance the Alpilles mountain range.
He worked on tirelessly: in barely a month he painted an entire series of flowering trees, done in loose brushstrokes.
On his trips to the areas around Paris, van Gogh often painted outdoors. This view of the Seine river was also made outside. Quite untypically, van Gogh did not complete this work. The pencil lines with which he sketched the composition before he started painting are still clearly visible at the level of the shore on the far bank.
'A meadow full of very yellow buttercups, a ditch with iris plants with green leaves, with purple flowers, the town in the background, some grey willow trees—a strip of blue sky.
Van Gogh faithfully reproduces the tops of the windmills as he would have seen them from this vantage point, protruding above the top of the hill.
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