Almond Blossom by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, februari 1890
Original: oil paint on canvas 92.4 x 73.3 cm wxh
The painting The Almond Blossom was made by Vincent in early spring in Saint-Remy-de-Provence, France, where Vincent stayed in an institution.
Vincent was already inspired by Japanese art in his early career. This Asian art had an eye for nature as a traditional subject. They had a simple composition and a different use of colour than usual here. This can be seen in this painting from the positioning of the tree and the sharp outlines of the flowering almond branches against a blue sky.
Vincent van Gogh made this painting as a gift for his brother and sister-in-law, following a letter from his younger brother Theo, who wrote that Vincent had become uncle. His wife Johanna (Jo) Gesina Bonger gave birth to a son on 31 January 1890 in Paris. Theo named his son after his brother Vincent, Vincent Willem.
Theo wrote to Vincent van Gogh: “As we have told you, we are naming him after you and I express the wish that he will be as tenacious and as courageous as you are”. The painting was and is the most precious piece of art for the Van Gogh family. Vincent made this painting because blossom stands for new life.
Vincent Willem later founded the van Gogh museum and the painting still hangs there.
This masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh can be seen in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his paintings page.
Van Gogh Museum, © VGME B.V
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