The Pink Orchard – (Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees)

The Pink Orchard – (Orchard with Blossoming Apricot Trees)

"Now I’ll tell you that I’m working on the 2 paintings of which I wanted to make repetitions. The pink peach tree is giving me the most trouble. You can see from the four squares on the other side that the three orchards go together, more or less." To Theo. Arles, on or about Friday, 13 April 1888
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Painting Date
26th of March 1888
Painting Type
Oil on Canvas Paintings
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Image courtesy of The Van Gogh Museum.

 

“My dear Theo,
Thanks for your letter containing the samples of absorbent canvas.  Will be very glad to receive — but it’s not at all urgent — 3 metres of the sort at 6 francs.  As for his consignment of colors, there were only 4 large tubes of white in it, while all the other tubes were half-size (of white). If he has charged for them in the same proportions, that’s very good, but pay attention to that.  4 tubes of white at 1 franc, but the rest should only be half the price. I find his Prussian blue poor, and his cinnabar. The rest is good.
Now I’ll tell you that I’m working on the 2 paintings of which I wanted to make repetitions.  The pink peach tree is giving me the most trouble.
You can see from the four squares on the other side that the three orchards go together, more or less. I now also have a small pear tree, vertical, also flanked by two other horizontal canvases. That will make 6 canvases of orchards in blossom.  At the moment I’m trying to finish them a little every day, and to make them go together.  I dare hope for 3 more, also going together, but those are still only in the state of embryos or fetuses.  I’d really like to do this group of 9 canvases.  You understand that we’re free to consider the 9 canvases as the initial idea for a much larger, definitive decoration (this one consists of no. 25 and no. 12 canvases), which would be done after exactly the same subjects, at the same time next year. 

To Theo. Arles, on or about Friday, 13 April 1888

 

 

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 65.5 x 80.5 cm – Size 25 Figure
Arles: March 26, 1888
Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, The Netherlands, Europe
F: 555, JH: 1380

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