Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Arles, April 1889
oil on canvas,
73.2 cm x 93.1 cm
Credits (obliged to state): Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Around the southern French city of Arles, there were many fruit orchards. Soon after Van Gogh arrived there in 1888, the spring came. He enthusiastically painted a variety of flowering fruit trees: apricot, almond, apple, peach and in this case plum.
But Van Gogh was not satisfied. He took this canvas with him to Saint-Rémy (FR) and kept working on it from memory. 'I have found a way better to express the harmony of the tones', he wrote.