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On the south side of Arles, Van Gogh discovered a drawbridge that brought back memories of certain bridges in his home country. Dutch engineers had been involved in the development of the canal system around Arles in the 17th century and Dutch painters had painted the bridges regularly.
So did Jacob Maris, and Van Gogh knew works like this one.
Jacob Maris, De ophaalbrug (The Drawbridge), 1875. Watercolour, 28 x 21,5 cm. Rijksmuseum, Amsterdam
Vincent Van Gogh, Drawbridge with walking couple (sketch in letter 587 addressed to Émile Bernard), March 1888. J. P. Morgan Library, New York City