Van Gogh arrived Arles, France in February 1888 and moved into in the famous Yellow House in September. From the second floor bedroom he can overlook Place Lamartine, a small public park. He described the view:
"a corner of a garden with a weeping tree, grass, round clipped cedar shrubs and an oleander bush - there is a citron sky over everything, and also the colors have the richness and intensity of autumn."
Van Gogh created a series of drawings and paintings about this garden. The garden's vitality, from its unkempt grass to its thriving trees, is conveyed by van Gogh's repetitive brushstrokes and his use of thick impasto.