In the early spring of 1888, drawing was set aside for a short time, as Van Gogh made a large series of paintings of orchards, in which he concentrated on capturing their colors on canvas. But in the second week of April he once again announced to Theo that he would have to do a "tremendous lot" of drawing, "because I want to make drawings in the manner of Japanese prints."
The Road to Tarascon is one of that series he made with that technique. It was made using pencil, pen, reed pen and ink on woven paper. This drawing is not dated but based on the leafy trees it should have been done in summer.