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Although Vincent had earned the respect of the Paris avant-garde by the time he left the pace of city life adversely effected his delicate psychological condition and he preferred to work alone in any case Leaving Paris and the influence of the Impressionist and neo-Impressionist avant-garde allowed him to develop his own singular style of heavy modeled rhythmic brushwork and distinctive color He believed the painter of the future will be a colorist such as has never yet existed L 482 May 1888 His mature style was influenced temporarily by his informal Impressionist apprenticeship but it was very different in visual character and emotional intent In Arles van Gogh returned to and refined his previous favorite subject matterrural-themed painting after Millet landscape and portraiture escaping the Impressionist theoretical and methodological influence that posed the danger of making him irrevocably dulled L 21 Feb 1888 Nearly all of the paintings that have become associated with van Gogh in our culture the vast majority of his masterpieces in his mature style were painted in the compulsively productive final two and half years of his life in Arles and then in the St Remy asylum and Auvers where he died Vincent was taken with the southern rural charm of Arles and particularly with the women and he began his stay there painting winter landscapes and still lives He moved on to the blossoming fruit trees in the spring his favorite of which was Flowering Tree Souvenir of Mauve dedicated to his recently deceased friend and cousin In March Theo managed to have his brothers work shown at an important exhibition of the Artistes Independents in Paris which was a heartening sign of real inclusion in the Paris avant-garde Vincent insisted his work be registered only under his first name just as he signed his canvasses In May Vincent moved into the little yellow house in Arles where he remained until his move to the St Remy
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