In the first year after arriving in Paris, Vincent painted rural areas around Montmartre, such as the butte and its windmills and studies of flowers indoors when weather was inclement. The colors are somber and evoke for some a sense of his anxiety and loneliness. This painting was one of three works he did in oil on canvas for purpose of either selling the view of the popular spot or to exchange the work with a fellow artist. The angle is similar or the same on all three and the view from the same spot today is similar enough that the earlier times can be easily retrieved.   Painting, Oil on Canvas Paris: Autumn, 1886 Kröller-Müller Museum Otterlo, The Netherlands, Europe F: 227, JH: 1170