During the first weeks of his stay in Auvers-sur-Oise, a small town near Paris, Van Gogh’s favorite subjects were nearby farms and moss-covered thatched roofs of village houses. His motivations were inspired by the energy and terrain that he studied.
The painting was most probably written in the first group of works that the artist created after his arrival. For her, Van Gogh chose a farmhouse with thatched roof and two women working in the garden in the foreground. Thatched roofs reminded Van Gogh of his native Brabant.