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This drawing, Winter Garden, was painted in March 1884 when Van Gogh was staying in Nuenen with his parents.It shows Van Gogh's strong emotion
and fascination with the landscape. In one of his letters to Theo, he wrote about the garden, "the garden sets me dreaming." His sensation was
echoed by his friend Paul Gauguin, who wrote this quote: "Art is an abstraction - derive it from nature
by dreaming in its presence" in 1888.
This painting depicts the bare trees standing in cold winter, the fields are flat and empty. In this drawing, Van Gogh showed great sympathy the the bare trees with their striking but at the same time, melancholy appearance. He also expressed his great concern with the people and the land.