Peach Trees in Blossom
Vincent van Gogh (1853-1890)
Oil on canvas
Width: 81 cm ( canvas ); Height: 65 cm ( canvas ); Width: 100.6 cm ( frame ); Depth: 10.8 cm ( frame ); Height: 84.3 cm ( frame );
Courtauld, Samuel; gift; 1932
About this work
This is van Gogh’s last view of a plain outside Arles that he often painted since settling in the south of France in 1888. He wrote to the painter Paul Signac ‘everything is small there ... even the mountains, as in certain Japanese landscapes, which is the reason why the subject attracted me.’ The snow-capped peak on the right (a deliberate echo of Mount Fuji in Japan) and blossoming trees create a peaceful atmosphere. But the bent figure at left emphasises this is a man-made landscape.
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