VINCENT VAN GOGH .'S PAINTING ALMOND BLOSSOM
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, February 1890
Original: oil on canvas W 92.4 x H 73.3
Vincent van Gogh made the painting Almond Blossom in early spring in Saint-Remy-de-Provence in France, where Vincent was staying in an institution.
Vincent was already inspired by Japanese art in his early career. This Asian art focused on nature as a traditional subject. They had a simple composition and a different use of color than usual here. This can be seen in this painting by the arrangement of the tree and the sharp outlines of the blossoming almond branches against a blue sky.
Vincent van Gogh made this painting as a present for his brother and sister-in-law, following a letter from his younger brother Theo who wrote that Vincent had become an uncle. His wife Johanna (Jo) Gesina Bonger had given birth to a son on January 31, 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 name him after you and I express the wish that he become as tenacious and as courageous as you.” The painting was and is the most cherished piece for the Van Gogh family. Vincent made this painting precisely because blossom represents 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 painter page.
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