Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, September 1888
oil on canvas,
72.5 cm x 92.5 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Van Gogh applied the paint thickly here, in all directions, to depict the overturned clods of earth. He was fairly satisfied with this landscape. In a letter to his brother, he wrote that Theo would like it too, because it was 'calmer than some other canvases'. He hoped that this quality would attract a buyer. But the painting was never sold.
Van Gogh wanted to hang it in the Yellow House in Arles, which had become his new home a week earlier. He ordered a frame made of white deal, a light wood that he chose to match the colours in the painting.