The first half of 1890, Van Gogh spent in the hospital for the mentally ill Saint-Remy. He did not have the opportunity to leave the hospital, but from his stake there was a view of the fields behind her fence. In the spring, shortly before the release, he writes one of these kinds.
Van Gogh chose an extremely simple composition. The picture consists of two almost equal parts and is devoid of any vertical elements, not counting a few thin grass blades lonely swaying in the wind. Perhaps the choice of this motive reflected that sense of inner emptiness, which was an integral part of the artist’s illness
Van Gogh uses wavy strokes. Twisted outlines of landscapes make it decorative and conditional. This was reflected in Van Gogh’s attempt to escape from reality into his inner world, which did not find points of contact with the surrounding reality, because of which he was in constant conflict with her.
Feeling of melancholy, sadness and alienation is reflected in absolutely cold and color scale. It is slightly enlivened by the bright color of the sky, dotted with white swirling clouds. The sky seems to be reflected in the path, making it almost blue, and in the green of wheat. In the foreground, this blueness acquires a slightly warmer hue, contrasting with the individual smears of yellow paint.