I never thought I would talk about paintings on my blog and take part in daily blog challenges, but here I am trying to beat the odds.
Though, there couldn’t be a better way to start the AtoZ Challenge, than by this amazing painting by Vincent Van Gogh, which is also one of my favourites.
Before we go into the painting, I just want you to soak its beauty in - The delicate flowers and the gorgeous blue shade.
This post is part of the AtoZ Challenge where I have chosen my theme as Post Impressionism Art. So, let’s dive into the basics before I rave about the painting.
What is Post Impressionism Art?
For that, you have to understand Impressionism Art where artists would use their paintings as their visual expressions. They would shift the lighting, colour, and composition of the objects to depict how they were feeling. Basically, that meant drawing those weird paintings where nobody knows whats happening and everyone has their own interpretation.
But that didn’t sit well with artists like Paul Gauguin, Henri Rousseau, and Vincent Van Gogh. They wanted to paint objects as they were, but just use different colours to express their emotions. And that is how Post Impressionism Art was born. Of course, later on, more artists joined in.
Coming back to the painting - The Almond Blossoms
Vincent made this painting when he got a letter from his brother telling him he had just had a son, and decided to name him after Vincent himself.
The blooming flowers of the almond tree in this painting signify a new life, and when I saw this the first time, I could almost feel the positivity beaming through the painting.
Van Gogh was heavily inspired by nature and its changing colours, and that is evident in his other paintings as well. But the blue backdrop here is just something else.
To be honest, I have never seen a blue like this - So bright and yet so calming
When I zoomed into the painting, I realized, there isn’t just one shade of blue - there are several. It seems like Van Gogh went around the outline of the blossoms with a lighter shade, and that is probably what gives the painting its charm.
Vincent was suffering from depression all his life. Some say he just had mental issues that went undiagnosed, others say he couldn’t handle the rejection because he never got the recognition as an artist during his lifetime.
But to be able to keep all that on the side and draw such amazing and positive paintings is awe inspiring to me. What makes this all the more precious is the fact that he painted this just 6 months before his death.
What the Almond Blossoms means to me
Something else that I absolutely love about this painting is that Van Gogh didn’t want to make the flowers look ‘beautiful’, he just wanted them to look as they were.
Personally, this painting is a symbol of hope and positivity. It makes me feel that even when you are surrounded by chaos or depression, a small good news can change your thoughts, for the better.
I hope I can study and analyze more paintings in the coming days, I am not sure if I can finish the challenge, but I will try my best.
This post is a part of the A2Z Challenge I am doing, if you want to check all the A2Z posts, just click here