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The 1890 painting "Almond Blossom" was Van Gogh's gift to his newly born nephew and namesake.
Vincent chose an unusual perspective for Almond Blossom. He painted the branches from below and very close up. He had seen this approach in Japanese printmaking and was inspired by it. The subject itself also feels very Japanese, as blossom played a significant role in Japanese printmaking.
After Vincent's and his brother Theo's death, "Almond Blossoms" and other Vincet's paintings went to Theo's widow, Joanna Van Gogh Bonger, and then to Vincent Junior Van Gogh. Jo sold a number of works during her lifetime, but Almond Blossom was so precious to her and her son that it was never to be sold. And that’s why to this very day, it is on display at the Van Gogh Museum.
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