Almond Blossoms. 1890, Vincent van Gogh. GIF by Amber Maitrejean
Almond Blossoms was made to celebrate the birth of Vincent’s nephew and namesake, son of his brother Theo and sister-in-law Jo.
"How glad I was when the news came… I should have greatly preferred him to call the boy after Father, of whom I have been thinking so much these days, instead of after me; but seeing it has now been done, I started right away to make a picture for him, to hang in their bedroom, big branches of white almond blossom against a blue sky."
Flowering trees were special to Van Gogh. They represented awakening and hope. He enjoyed them aesthetically and found joy in painting flowering trees.
I added the butterfly to represent the human soul and beauty…and to always remember to find joy in the little things.
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Almond Blossoms. 1890, Vincent van Gogh. GIF by Amber Maitrejean

Almond Blossoms was made to celebrate the birth of Vincent’s nephew and namesake, son of his brother Theo and sister-in-law Jo.

"How glad I was when the news came… I should have greatly preferred him to call the boy after Father, of whom I have been thinking so much these days, instead of after me; but seeing it has now been done, I started right away to make a picture for him, to hang in their bedroom, big branches of white almond blossom against a blue sky."

Flowering trees were special to Van Gogh. They represented awakening and hope. He enjoyed them aesthetically and found joy in painting flowering trees.

I added the butterfly to represent the human soul and beauty…and to always remember to find joy in the little things.

Starry Night Over the Rhone. Vincent van Gogh, 1888.
GIF by Amber Maitrejean

Starry Night Over the Rhone. Vincent van Gogh, 1888.

GIF by Amber Maitrejean

La Tertulia, Amsterdam. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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La Tertulia, Amsterdam. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

Van Gogh…still in France after all these years….. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Van Gogh…still in France after all these years….. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

"If one feels the need of something grand, something infinite, something that makes one feel aware of God, one need not go far to find it. I think that I see something deeper, more infinite, more eternal than the ocean in the expression of the eyes of a little baby when it wakes in the morning and coos or laughs because it sees the sun shining on its cradle."
Vincent van Gogh
"I can’t change the fact that my paintings don’t sell. But the time will come when people will recognize that they are worth more than the value of the paints used in the picture."
Vincent Willem van Gogh
"What am I in the eyes of most people — a nonentity, an eccentric, or an unpleasant person — somebody who has no position in society and will never have; in short, the lowest of the low. All right, then — even if that were absolutely true, then I should one day like to show by my work what such an eccentric, such a nobody, has in his heart. That is my ambition, based less on resentment than on love in spite of everything, based more on a feeling of serenity than on passion. Though I am often in the depths of misery, there is still calmness, pure harmony and music inside me. I see paintings or drawings in the poorest cottages, in the dirtiest corners. And my mind is driven towards these things with an irresistible momentum."
Vincent Willem van Gogh
Coffee shop. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Photo by Amber Maitrejean
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Coffee shop. Amsterdam, The Netherlands. Photo by Amber Maitrejean

"For my part I know nothing with any certainty, but the sight of the stars makes me dream."
Vincent Van Gogh