Van Gogh painted the beautiful Almond Blossom (1890) as a gift for his nephew Vincent Willem. The painting belongs to a series of blossoming almond trees made between 1888-90. It is easy to retrace van Gogh’s Japanese inspiration in this work. The painting is full of light & joy
I started right away to make a picture for him, (the newborn boy) to hang in his bedroom, big branches of white almond blossom against a blue sky
Interest in Japanese art and culture was quite popular in Europe in the latter half of the nineteenth century. Edmond de Goncourt and Emile Zola, two writers that Van Gogh greatly admired, wrote extensively about Japan. Vincent, a devotee of both literature and art, would develop a deep admiration for Japanese culture via both of these media.
sketcher, reader, writer