Vincent van Gogh (Dutch, 1853–1890)
Oil on canvas
28 1/2 x 21 in. (72.4 x 53.3 cm)
Signed (lower left): Vincent
The Mr. and Mrs. Henry Ittleson Jr. Purchase Fund, 1956 (56.13)
This painting belongs to a series of fourteen blossoming orchards that Van Gogh painted in spring 1888, shortly after his arrival in Arles, the Provençal 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.