Dutch Mills is striking because of its simplicity. It is a triptych of sketches of a pair of windmills. The left panel reveals the most detail, with the central windmill outlined clearly against the sky, and the second windmill is a hazy silhouette in the background. The middle panel is hastily sketched, giving a mere impression of the mills and an overcast sky. Finally, the right panel is drawn with heavy black lines, lending a weight to the composition. Together the three versions provide a glimpse into the workings of the artist and the many ways one might approach a simple subject.