Pissarro rented a large apartment at 204 rue de Rivoli in Paris for the first half of 1899. From its windows facing the Jardin des Tuileries, he painted six views of the garden, in which the twin steeples of the church of
Sainte-Clotilde punctuate the vast expanse of sky. Attentive to changes in light, atmosphere, and climate, as well as to the comings and goings of strollers, at different times of day and seasons of the year, Pissarro was
able to extract a variety of pictures from a single site.
This picture belongs to a series that he painted from his apartment in the rue de Rivoli in 1899. Having sold a number of the scenes to his dealer Durand-Ruel, later that year Pissarro rented the same apartment and executed
another fourteen works.