Almond Blossom by Vincent van Gogh
Almond Blossom, by Vincent van Gogh, was painted in 1890 in honor of a special event in Vincent's life. On January 31, Vincent's brother Theo and his wife Johanna had a son, and they named him Vincent Willem. Vincent painted this branch of blossoming almond in celebration of the birth. The sinuous gray-green limbs and the shimmering white flowers delineate a decorative pattern against the bright blue sky, revealing Vincent van Gogh's enduring attachment to the Japanese aesthetic. The subject recalls Vincent's own hopefulness when he first arrived in Arles seeking a European counterpart to Japan.
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