By June of 1888, van Gogh had attained the full assimilation of his sources. As seen in this lyrical composition of wheat waving above a flowering field, he had mastered the Impressionist approach of painting quickly to achieve the sensation of immediacy. His variable touch, from dabs to descriptive strokes, transcended the Neo-Impressionist example in its expressive power.
The subject of van Gogh's La Mousmé, Sitting was inspired by a novel, Pierre Loti's Madame Chrysantheme. Learn more about this painting in the next section.