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Orchard in Blossom (Apricot Trees) by Vincent van Gogh

    Orchard in Blossom (Apricot Trees) by Vincent van Gogh

    Orchard in Blossom (Apricot Trees) by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1888. The painting is in Scottish National Gallery Edinburgh. Thel size of the work is 54,6 x 65,3 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    The structure of the branches of the apricot trees is still clearly visible through the blossom and his brushstrokes follow the direction of the vertical tree trunks. He painted a series of pictures of orchards during his prolific bouts of activity in Arles. During his first spring in Arles, south of France, Van Gogh painted at least ten pictures of these blossoming trees. He was fascinated by the contrast of the pinkish-white blooms against the blue sky and complained when bad weather stopped him from working in the orchards. One of these paintings was shown in the 1910 Post-Impressionist exhibition in London. While the British press were highly critical of this display, Van Gogh’s expressive brushstrokes, colours and ‘romantic temperament’ received rare praise… (read more in Scottish National Gallery)

    About the Artist: Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert. Van Gogh was a serious and thoughtful child. His interest in art began at a young age. Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, who had been a successful artist in Paris, taught the students at Tilburg. His philosophy was to reject technique in favour of capturing the impressions of things, particularly nature or common objects. Van Gogh’s profound unhappiness seems to have overshadowed the lessons, which had little effect. In March 1868, he abruptly returned home. He later wrote that his youth was “austere and cold, and sterile”… Read more

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