In Grez Larsson's style evolved markedly, as the artist moved away from the academic style and subjects which had characterised his work since moving to Paris in 1877, and switched to luminous plein air painting à la Bastien-Lepage, sometimes in oil - of which the present work is a prime example - and increasingly in watercolour. 1883, the year the present work was painted, marked particular success for the artist as his three submissions to that year's Paris Salon, Octobre (Les Potirons) (fig. 2) Novembre, and the present work, won Larsson a third class medal, the highest possible accolade for a first-time exhibitor. Interest in purchasing the works came from the French state, however the other two were ultimately acquired by prominent Swedish art collector Pontus Fürstenberg, who would become an important patron and collector of the artist's work.
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