Branches with Almond Blossom

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:41541

Vincent van Gogh's "Branches with Almond Blossom" (1890) is a revered example of his post-impressionist style. This enchanting work, teeming with delicate white blossoms against a stark blue sky, was created in celebration of the birth of his nephew. Van Gogh's style transcends reality, marrying Japanese Ukiyo-e art's simplicity with European painting techniques. What makes it especially unique is its hopeful symbolism—blossoms signifying new life—despite van Gogh's personal turmoil, thus striking a poignant emotional resonance.

40 cm

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Vincent van Gogh’s “Branches with Almond Blossom” is one of his most renowned and adored works, celebrated for its beauty and profound emotion. This exquisite piece was painted in 1890 while the artist was in Saint-Rémy, a small town in Provence, France. Van Gogh painted it as a gift for his newborn nephew and namesake, Vincent Willem, who went on to found the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.

“Branches with Almond Blossom” represents a slight departure from Van Gogh’s characteristic style, as it showcases a more optimistic and gentle side of his work. Unlike his darker and more turbulent pieces, this painting captures the delicate beauty of almond blossoms against a bright, cerulean sky, reflecting the hope and renewal associated with the arrival of spring.

Van Gogh was heavily influenced by Japanese art, particularly ukiyo-e prints, throughout his career. This influence is clearly seen in “Branches with Almond Blossom”, with its focus on natural elements, bold colors, and close attention to detail. The almond blossoms are depicted with careful, almost loving precision, while the background is painted with broad strokes of pure color, a nod to the traditional Japanese concept of “notan”, which refers to the interplay of light and dark elements. The overall composition, with its flat depth of field and lack of central focal point, also draws heavily from the ukiyo-e style.

The painting holds special significance for several reasons. Firstly, it’s a symbol of Van Gogh’s deep affection for his brother Theo, who had just become a father. The almond tree is a symbol of new life in Van Gogh’s native Holland, and its blossoms were thus an appropriate subject for commemorating the birth of Theo’s son.

Secondly, it represents one of the few moments of hope and serenity in Van Gogh’s tumultuous life. During the time he created this work, Van Gogh was suffering from severe mental health issues and had voluntarily admitted himself to the Saint-Paul-de-Mausole asylum in Saint-Rémy. The painting, with its calmness and optimism, seems to suggest a momentary respite from his mental torment.

Finally, “Branches with Almond Blossom” stands as an example of Van Gogh’s unique ability to convey emotion through his art. Despite his mental suffering, or perhaps because of it, Van Gogh was able to create a piece that conveys a sense of joy, peace, and hope. It’s a testament to his talent and emotional depth as an artist.

The painting continues to captivate audiences worldwide and remains a highlight of the Van Gogh Museum’s collection. It serves as a poignant reminder of Van Gogh’s enduring legacy and his profound connection with nature.

Original size:
92 x 73.5 cm (width x height)
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Maximum order width:
183 cm

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