When he climbed the road from the deep valley of the Oise, Vincent gained easy access to the fields that shadowed the Château d’Auvers. Set off by a bright yellow evening sky, we are drawn to the silhouettes of trees in the field and the comparatively tiny Château underneath them.
Van Gogh attempted to create the ‘evening effect’, in which he wished to portray a sentiment of ‘Peace and Majesty’ while showing the reality of his world. He did not frown upon the more romanticized effects that were cherished by many artists: ‘adding to it a feeling so heart breaking, so personal. These emotions I do not detest.’
Again, Vincent’s temperament was hard to tame; even when he strived towards tranquillity, the rhythmic play of yellow and black pervades the painting with a feeling of brooding tension. In hindsight, these final pieces from Van Gogh become even more poignant. The fields painted here are similar to the spot where Vincent would shoot himself, a few weeks later.