Van Gogh stayed in Etten for a brief time in 1881. He as fascinated with the country landscape setting of the village and he produced a number
of drawings during that that to depict the landscape and the people's life. "Road in Etten" is one of them. In this drawing, the artist painted
an winter road with pollard willows and a man with a broom sweeping the road.
In this drawing he captured landscape characteristics flawlessly using his pen and pencil. This is one of his earliest explorations which shows his natural genius for finding simple but convincing subjects, portrayed in refined compositions.