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The branch of a flowering almond

Painting, March 1888, 24×19 cm

Description of the artwork «The branch of a flowering almond»

Vincent lived in Paris with Theo exactly two years. February 20, 1886, he came to brother from Antwerp, 20 Feb 1888 – got off the train in Arles. In fact, van Gogh longed for the journey to the land of the Rising Sun because of the enthusiasm for Japanese art, especially painting. But for the poor artist, living in the care of the younger brother, this trip was science fiction, so Vincent went to Arles, imagining that he was going to Japan.

When van Gogh got off the train in Arles and saw that the whole city is covered with snow, his joy knew no bounds. This weather, by the way, for a small southern town was extraordinary and rare. Some people could live here your whole life without seeing snow. But Vincent was lucky snowy Arles is the best match of his Japanese fantasies. The amazing thing is that at the same time there began to blossom trees, primarily almonds. And again, the artist could not draw Parallels with Japan, because the bare branches of trees covered with delicate, airy pink and white flowers that looked like cherry blossoms.

It is not surprising that the picture "A branch of a flowering almond" turned out to be "Japanese". Vincent uses bright, pure colors, flattens the image very conditional drawing of the shadow. But with quite coarse brushstrokes creates an unmistakable feeling of warmth of the first spring sun. Over the next few days van Gogh would write another 14 paintings of blossoming fruit trees: snowy landscape outside the Windows of the hotel, where he settled in early days in Arles, quickly gave way to real spring. But humble little sprig of almond in a crude thick-walled glass will still be stunning in its simplicity, a symbol of nature awakening after the winter hibernation.

Author: Eugene Sidelnikov
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Art form: Painting

Subject and objects: Still life

Style of art: Impressionism, Post-Impressionism

Technique: Oil

Materials: Canvas

Date of creation: March 1888

Size: 24×19 cm

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