Almond Blossom, 1890

Vincent van Gogh
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

On January 31, 1890, Vincent’s brother Theo wrote to Van Gogh that his wife Jo had given birth to a son. The baby was to be named Vincent Willem, after his godfather. As a gift for the new arrival Vincent painted a picture of one of his favorite subjects: blossoming branches against a blue sky. Vincent chose the branches of an almond tree as a symbol of this new life, for the almond is one of the earliest trees to blossom, heralding spring in February. The artist drew his inspiration for the well-defined contouring and positioning of the tree from Japanese prints. Theo and Jo received the canvas in early May, and gave it a place of honour in their apartment, hanging it above the piano.

Price: HK$ 268,000

Dimensions: 73.3 cm (H) x 92.4 cm (W)

 

 

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