Vincent van Gogh promised to send the study Sprig of almond blossom in a glass with a book for Willemien’s birthday. She also once owned the painting: Orchard bordered by cypresses.

Today 134 years ago, on or about 20 June 1888,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to his sister Willemien from Arles:

"A long time ago I meant you to have a painted study, and you shall get it. I’m afraid that by post, even if I pay the postage, they’ll make you pay excess postage, like the flowers from Menton, and this is even bigger — but Theo will certainly send you one, if I don’t think about it, ask him for it.”

Orchard bordered by cypresses
Arles, 1888
Oil on canvas
32 x 40 cm
Yale University Art Gallery, New Haven
Promised gift of William L. Bernhard, B.A. 1954, and Catherine G. Cahill

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