Blossoming almond branch in a glass by Vincent van Gogh
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, March 1888
Original: oil on canvas 19.5 x 24.5 cm bxh
A red line divides the picture plane. Van Gogh used the same red to sign this small canvas with a sprig of almond blossom. Almond trees are the first to blossom in spring.
When Van Gogh arrived in Arles (FR) it was still snowing. On 2 March, more than a week after his arrival, he wrote to his brother: 'It is freezing here and there is still snow on the land, I have a study of a white landscape with the city in the background. I also have two small studies of an almond branch, which is in bloom anyway'.
Van Gogh then began a whole series of paintings of blossoming orchards: almond, peach, plum and pear trees.
Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his painter page.
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