The Japanese atmosphere was also dominant in these drawings, Japanese art has a strong influence on Van Gogh's artistic style. In the
Provencal landscape around Arles Van Gogh found much that reminded him of Japan, a country that he knew only through art and literature. Four
weeks after his arrival, he gave a glowing description of the surrounding area to Emile Bernard, whom he had met at Cormon's studio:
"Having promised to write, I want to begin by telling you that the country struck me as being as beautiful as Japan for the limpidity of the atmosphere and gay colour effects. The water makes patches of a beautiful emerald and a rich blue in the landscapes, such as we see in crepons Japanese prints."