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Vincent van Gogh Paintings from Arles

The White Orchard by Vincent van Gogh

Vincent van Gogh's The White Orchard is an oil on                              canvas (23-1/2x32 inches) that is housed in                                            the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
Vincent van Gogh's The White Orchard is an oil on canvas (23-1/2x32 inches) that is housed in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

Vincent van Gogh painted The White Orchard in 1888. Well aware that time was short to paint the trees in flower, van Gogh worked with a sense of urgency when creating this painting.

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.

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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.

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