Bulb Fields and Windmills near Rijnsburg, 1886
Claude Monet (1840-1926)
This is a characteristic example of an impressionist painting. Monet used loose brushstrokes and light colours to paint a rapid impression of this typically Dutch landscape, with its bulb fields and windmills. The artist was apparently fascinated by the subject: during his stay in the Netherlands in 1886 he produced five paintings of the bulb fields – in less than 10 days.
Van Gogh must have seen this work while in Paris, for it was one of the many Monets which his brother Theo handled. The clear colours and fairly thick paint used in these works proved a significance influence on Van Gogh who had developed rapidly as an artist since his arrival in the French capital.