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.