In 1889 Vincent van Gogh wrote of Guillaumin's landscapes in a letter to his sister: "You must feel the whole of a country—isn't that what distinguishes a Cézanne from anything else? And Guillaumin, whom you cite, he has so much style and such a personal manner of drawing. What you say of Guillaumin is very true, he has found one true thing and contents himself with what he has found, without going off at random after divergent things, and in that way he will keep straight, and become stronger..." (quoted in Christopher Gray, Armand Guillaumin, Chester, Connecticut, 1972, p. 41). While van Gogh clearly admired Guillaumin, the present work is equally indebted to the Post-Impressionist experimentations with color which van Gogh himself pioneered, and which fellow artists such as Valtat and Bonnard embraced (see fig. 1).
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