Monday, December 17, 2012

The Van Gogh Series :: Peach Blossoms

I still have several 'singles' that I've been working into pairs of earrings. I'm a tad behind on posting as things always tend to get crazed at the end of the year. But I'll try to get more posted over the next week.

One of the many styles I love from Van Gogh is the the way he captured flowers and blossoming trees. The paintings feel so organic and natural with accentuated colors that bring out the uniqueness of each style and type. He painted a peach tree (below) many times, through several color ranges that doesn't fail to disappoint.

When Van Gogh first arrived in Arles (1888), he didn't find the warm climate he'd expected. Instead he found snow on the ground, but still he painted what he could find. He painted indoors at first because of the weather, concentrating on still life and portraits. Likely when sprigs like this almond blossom (above) were just coming into bloom.  

But once spring was in full bloom in Arles it brought on a flurry of painting by Van Gogh where he was fascinated by blossoming fruit trees, including peach, almond, apricot and plum trees. He made 14 paintings on this series shown here of a Peach Tree in Blossom. He wrote Theo, his brother, "I will have to seek something new now the orchards have almost finished blossoming." 

He picked up this style of painting during his time in Paris where Japanese art and painting blossoming trees were popular. Lacquerware and porcelain from Japan poured in from trading ships during the 19th century, and artists began to copy the powerful colors and clear lines of Japanese works. Van Gogh was impressed by Japanese prints, as were many of his fellow Impressionist painters. My earrings for this post are clusters of pink Czech glass with pale pink quartz-faceted briolettes. Simple cluster earrings that you'll find in my Etsy shop.

11 comments:

Duni said...

Your earrings are so sweet! Love the cluster of pink Czeck glass beads! Van Gogh's painting seem "alive". The peach tree paintings are wonderful!

p.s. I will be wearing the lariat this evening as I am invited to a small party :)

memoriesforlifescrapbooks said...

Great colors in your earrings! And I love Van Gogh's series of the trees!

BamaTrav said...

I think I met him once. xo

Magic Love Crow said...

Beautiful peach blossoms ;o)

Patti Van said...

Your earrings are wonderful - love the clusters topping the briolette! I could look at Van Gogh's art All.Day.Long....

BeadedTail said...

I enjoyed the story on Van Gogh - I'm not all that up on art history but do appreciate his paintings. Your earrings are lovely!

Marcela Gmd said...

Your earrings are very pretty!!! and I love fruit trees to Van Gogh!! wonderful colors!!!
Have a good week, Cynthia!!! and my g+...

Besos, desde EspaƱa, Marcela♥

Christine Altmiller said...

these earrings are absolutely little blossoms :-) i just adore them! i asked for the "Becoming van Gogh" book for Xmas since I won't make it to the exhibit in Denver before it closes. I am truly loving your series and your stories of Vincent!

Introverted Art said...

Van Gogh is my favorite painter along with Frida... and these earrings look amazing. I really like the coral color beads.

Miss Val's Creations said...

I love these paintings! It makes sense since I have alway adored the Japanese art portraying blossoming trees! Beautiful earrings as always. :)

Evelyn said...

Just Lovely:)

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