Van Gogh strove to depict each season's special characteristics, and blossoming branches were one of his favorite subjects. In this painting of almond branches and blossoms under a deep blue sky, the twigs almost seem sculpted, an effect in part due to his use of impasto technique.
This joyful image was a gift for his brother Theo and sister-in-law Jo, celebrating the birth of a son, Vincent Willem. The baby for whom ‘Almond Blossom’ was made, later became one of the founders of the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam.
"It isn’t easy to find the effect of a summer sun that’s as lush and as simple and as pleasant to look at as the characteristic effects of the other seasons. The spring is tender green (young wheat) and pink (apple blossom). The autumn is the contrast of the yellow leaves against violet tones. The winter is the snow with the little black silhouettes.- "Vincent van Gogh to Theo van Gogh. Nuenen, early July 1884.