Inspired by the seasonal changes in Arles, Vincent van Gogh painted Field of Flowers near Arles in 1888.
Summer arrived early in Arles, France, and the wild irises bloomed in the meadows. Van Gogh described the delightful scene in a letter to his brother: "A little town surrounded by fields all covered with yellow and purple flowers ... just like a Japanese dream." The seasonal change prompted van Gogh to brighten his pale palette, reintroducing the strong clear blues and golden yellows that had fascinated him the previous summer.
Varied color and brush strokes create a dramatic effect in The Sower. Learn about this painting in the next section.