The two pictures, conceived as a pair, stand in the tradition of Italianate landscapes. Sandy roads and cliffs that are illuminated by the setting sun, picturesque groups of trees, and the view of mountains in the background present an idyllic panorama that is
inhabited by shepherds and travellers. The ruins of an ancient aqueduct and a bridge lend an Arcadian character to the scene. Huysmans stands in a tradition that was decisively influenced by Claude Lorrain.