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By Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890)
Almond Blossom, 1890
On January 31, 1890, Vincent’s brother Theo wrote to Van Gogh that his wife Jo had given birth to a son. They decided to name the child after Vincent: ‘We are going to name him after you, and I devoutly hope he will be as persevering and courageous as you.’ As a gift for his newborn nephew Vincent painted a picture of one of his favorite subjects: blossoming branches against a blue sky. He chose the branches of an almond tree as a symbol of this tender young life, for the almond is one of the earliest trees to blossom, heralding spring in February.
The composition is both curious and unique in Van Gogh’s oeuvre. Rather than painting an entire almond tree, it seems that he arranged a still life of a few cut branches indoors, which he then set against a sky-blue background. However it came about, this close-up of the gnarled branches with their blossoms certainly makes an endearing subject, and the graceful effect is more suitable than if Van Gogh had painted a complete tree. The artist drew his inspiration for the well-defined contouring and positioning of the tree from Japanese prints.
In a letter to his brother Theo, Vincent later commented: ‘the last canvas of the branches in blossom – you’ll see that it was perhaps the most patiently worked, best thing I had done, painted with calm and a greater sureness of touch’. The many delicate pink-and-white flowers have indeed been painted with great care and the whole canvas shows great dedication. Theo and Jo received the painting in early May, and gave it a place of honour in their apartment, hanging it above the piano.