Arles, September 1888.
Van Gogh applied the paint thickly here, in all directions, to depict the overturned clods of earth. He was fairly satisfied with this landscape. In a letter to his brother, he wrote that Theo would like it too, because it was 'calmer than some other canvases'. He hoped that this quality would attract a buyer. But the painting was never sold.
Van Gogh wanted to hang it in the Yellow House in Arles, which had become his new home a week earlier. He ordered a frame made of white deal, a light wood that he chose to match the colors in the painting.