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Retired and enjoying my free time to paint. I love the French Impressionism era. Monet, Renoir, Bazille and Manet are some of my favorites.


Thursday, September 30, 2010

Van Gogh - Metropolitan Museum of Art , NYC

The Flowering Orchard (click image to enlarge)
Metropolitan Museum of Art New York City
This painting belongs to a series of fourteen blossoming orchards that Van Gogh painted in spring, 1888, shortly after his arrival in Arles, the Provencal town in the south of France where he worked from February 1888 until May 1889.  The present example, which includes a scythe and rake, is one of only two orchards that allude to human presence or labor.  The motif and Van Gogh's stylized treatment are related to Japanese prints.

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