Artist Vincent Van Gogh painted these airy, almond tree branches blossoms in 1890 as a gift for his newborn nephew. Vincent was extremely close to his younger brother Theo, and after his birth immediately made a painting one of his favorite subjects: blossoming branches against a blue sky. I love the way Vincent saw the world! In this painting, he painted the gnarly branches and delicate white petals against an intensely colored turquoise sky.
“How glad I was when the news came…
I started right away to make a
picture for him, to hang in their bedroom,
big branches of white almond blossoms
against a blue sky.”