In this painting, Van Gogh succeeded in a life-long effort to portray peasant life, together with landscapre, while capturing the unqiue qualities of the season. The painting radiates the intense, dry heat of summer in Arles in every detail.
Van Gogh found it to be one of his most successful works. He wrote to his brother Theo that the 'canvas absolutely kills all the rest.'
"I certainly have no less love for nature that is starting to get scorched as early as now. There’s old gold, bronze, copper in everything now, you might say, and that, with the green blue of the sky heated white-hot, produces a delightful colour which is exceedingly harmonious." Vincent to Theo van Gogh. Arles, Tuesday 12 June 1888