This drawing was created in April 1884 using pen and brown ink, lead white on paper. In March and April 1884, Van Gogh started to concentrate on landscape once again. This led to an imposing series of seven pen-and-ink drawings (one of which is lost), which display a quality that is exceptional in his Dutch oeuvre. This drawing is one of that series.
The promise of his earlier pen-and-ink landscape drawings is fulfilled in these sheets of drawings, which render a poetic and personal view of the southern Dutch landscape. Almost all the drawings (apart from one of an avenue of poplars, which is somewhat stiff) demonstrate his inventiveness in composition and his powerful drawing style.