In September 1888, Vincent lived in Arles, and right across the street from his house was the Arles public garden. Vincent loved to paint there and he made at least three paintings in the park.
On September 17, 1888, Vincent wrote to Theo about this painting:
“I went away to go on with a picture of a garden in the sunshine. Then I brought it back and went out again with a blank canvas, and that also is finished. (…) I have never had such a chance, nature here being so extraordinarily beautiful. Everywhere and all over the vault of heaven is a marvelous blue, and the sun sheds a radiance of pale sulfur (…) it absorbs me so much that I let myself go, never thinking of a single rule.”
Current location: Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo, The Netherlands