Vincent considered Leurseweg (or Leursestraatje, now Stationsstraat) beautiful. In October 1881, he wrote his friend Anthon van Rappard:
“You know what’s absolutely beautiful these days, the road to the station and to Leur with the old pollard willows, you have a sepia of it yourself. I can’t tell you how beautiful those trees are now. Made around 7 large studies of several of the trunks..”
It is unknown which studies Vincent was referring to in this letter, but there are a number of works depicting willows on Leurseweg, such as Road in Etten and Road with a man and pollard willows.
Although from July 1881 Vincent mainly occupied himself with drawing from models, he also spent time on landscapes:
“I feel more and more as time goes on that figure drawing in particular is good, that it also works indirectly to the good of landscape drawing. If one draws a pollard willow as though it were a living being, which it actually is, then the surroundings follow more or less naturally, if only one has focused all one’s attention on that one tree and hasn’t rested until there was some life in it.”