Flowering plum orchard: after Hiroshige

Vincent van GoghOctober 1887 - November 1887

Van Gogh Museum

Van Gogh Museum
Amsterdam, Netherlands

Van Gogh made this painting after a Japanese print by Hiroshige from the extensive collection he shared with his brother. He closely followed the composition of Hiroshige, but did not stick to the exact colours of the original. The Oriental characters he painted on the frame were derived from a Japanese example. The text they create has no coherent meaning and their function is primarily decorative.

The ancient plum tree that was the subject of the original print by Hiroshige had the poetic nickname of 'the sleeping dragon plum tree'. A name it got from the way that the tree branched out via a network of underground roots only to emerge above ground somewhere else.


  • Title: Flowering plum orchard: after Hiroshige
  • Creator: Vincent van Gogh
  • Date Created: October 1887 - November 1887
  • Location Created: Paris, France
  • Place Part Of: France
  • Type: Painting
  • Rights: Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
  • External Link: Flowering Plum Orchard (after Hiroshige)

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