Flowering Plum Orchard is the second oil painting selected by Visconti from Van Gogh’s exquisite Japanese series for this delicate Visconti fountain pen. The artist made this painting in 1887 from a Japanese print by Hiroshige called Plum Garden in Kameido. In it, Van Gogh accurately reproduced the composition with more intense colors replacing the black and grey with red and blue tones, adding two orange borders with Japanese characters for a decorative and exotic effect.
In a letter to his beloved brother and patron, Theo, Van Gogh wrote, “And we wouldn't be able to study Japanese art, it seems to me, without becoming much happier and more cheerful, and it makes us return to nature, despite our education and our work in a world of convention.” Fine or Medium. Made in Italy.