The painting was exhibited in May 1886 at the Paris Salon. Before the definitive version Chittussi made several preparatory sketches, from which he used in the final work many landscape elements. Delicately modelled hill slopes, placed one behind the other, lead the curve of the brook into the depth of the spatial composition. In contrast to earlier works, the painting has lost some of its immediacy and temperament, the calm brushwork with a local application of washes is relatively smooth. The subdued treatment and balanced colour hues emphasize the melancholy mood and a certain nostalgia.