In Vincent van Gogh's 1890 work titled Blossoming Acacia Branches, the light feathery stroke that delineates the shimmering pale yellow blossoms of the acacia branches recalls Vincent's experiments with Impressionism during his years in Paris. Straight strokes describe the trunk and branches, and the jagged pattern in which Vincent van Gogh laid on the pigment in Blossoming Acacia Branches suggests the enduring result of the copies he made of Japanese prints. Van Gogh has focused in so closely on this branch that it appears almost abstract, an ensemble of color, line, and rhythm.
Tragically, Vincent van Gogh took his own life in July of 1890. On the next page, we'll see the unfinished painting he left behind.