Van Gogh was obsessed with the landscape of Montmajour and the plains which surrounded him. He made quite a few of drawings with the view of
Montmajour although he was not much interested with the ruins and the classic art.
In a letter he wrote to Theo, his younger brother, he mentioned this:
"The fascination that these huge plains have for me is very strong, so that I felt no weariness, in spite of the really wearisome circumstances, mistral and mosquitoes. If a view makes you forget these little annoyances, it must have something in it."