In Auvers-sur-Oise, Van Gogh enjoyed exploring the colors of night, painting darkness that was still color in the twilight hours. In this painting, Van Gogh portrays the effects of sunset, while using bright orange and yellow colors, contrasted with dark greens muted in shades.
Van Gogh spent the last months of his life in this suburb of Paris, not far from the home of his beloved younger brother Theo. He corresponded with family, but also with artists and with a critic who had written about him favorably in a magazine.
"Finally a night effect – two completely dark pear trees against yellowing sky with wheatfields, and in the violet background the castle encased in the dark greenery." - Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh. Auvers-sur-Oise, Tuesday 24 June 1890.