A meadow full of very yellow buttercups, a ditch with iris plants with green leaves and purple blooms, the town in the background, a few gray willows – a strip of blue sky.
If they don’t mow the meadow I’d like to do this study again, for the subject was very beautiful, and I had some trouble finding the composition. A little town surrounded by countryside completely blooming with yellow and purple flowers; you know, it is a beautiful Japanese dream.
- Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh (12 May 1888)
you already have
a farm, a meadow,
ditch green leaves
and purple blooms,
strip blue sky.
don’t mow the meadow:
I’d like to do this again.
trouble the town,
Van Gogh’s Field with Flowers Near Arles, the result of the studies referred to in van Gogh’s letter.