Van Gogh wanted to capture the natural spectacle of the petals sparkling in the clear spring sun. The tones he chose were luminous and light, shades of pink, aqua, and green that marked a change from the rich, jewel-toned palette he developed in Paris. His immersion in plein air painting restored his sense of vitality, as well as his sense of purpose.
Vincent van Gogh adopted a newfound spontaneity in Arles, France. For an example of this, observe Almond Tree in Blossom, the painting in the next section.