Vincent van Gogh painted a series of artworks in June 1888 that feature the French town of Saintes-Maries-de-la-Mer. While living in Arles, he traveled to Saintes-Maries for a week to capture the seascape and town in his paintings. His work in Saintes-Maries showcased a more experimental and expressive style compared to his earlier works. During his visit, Van Gogh created two paintings of the sea, one of the village, and nine drawings.