Friday, May 9, 2014

Ode to almond tree blossoms

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.”

  Modern art houses have made reproductions of this famous painting, with the the sky in shades of red, gold and cobalt blue. I wonder what Van Gogh would think about that?


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