In 1888 Vincent van Gogh painted A Memory of the Garden at Etten -- a depiction of a recollection of his mother and his sister walking through a garden in his boyhood village -- in response to Gauguin's advice that he work more from imagination and less from nature. In a letter to his sister Wil, Vincent van Gogh explained that the motifs and the colors carried specific meanings. The "somber violet violently stained by the citron yellow of the dahlias" suggested their mother's personality, whereas the red and green presented Wil as a character out of a Dickens novel.
Vincent van Gogh retained a life-long interest in Japanese art. Next, we'll see a painting that reflects this.