For this picture, Van Gogh chose a rather unusual format for a double square, in order to catch the main features of the fields surrounding the Over.
Obviously, it was the work of Dobigny, who worked extensively in Over and whom Van Gogh highly valued, inspired the artist to try this decorative, frieze-like size, as Dobigny liked to use canvases in the same proportions.
Van Gogh conceived this picture as part of a larger, decorative ensemble. The artist presented a picture of the same size, but in a vertical format as its complement, on which Margaret Gachet is depicted seated at the piano. The painting is part of a cycle in which Van Gogh tried to capture the characteristics of the rural landscape, as well as the usual natural phenomena. He intended to supplement them by depicting the children.