Vincent van Gogh, Olive Trees, November 1889, oil on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Art. The William Hood Dunwoody Fund, 51.7.
Vincent van Gogh, Olive Trees, November 1889, oil on canvas, Minneapolis Institute of Art. The William Hood Dunwoody Fund, 51.7.
Photo: © Charles Walbridge
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Van Gogh and the Olive Groves

Dec. 20, 2021

In spring 2022, the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam is dedicating an exhibition to the important series of paintings that Vincent van Gogh made during his year-long stay at the asylum in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, France.

Van Gogh was fascinated by the ever-changing ambiance and colours of the olive trees, which are so highly characteristic of the Southern French landscape.

Van Gogh and the Olive Groves is the first exhibition to explore the significance of olive trees to Van Gogh, and what he set out to achieve when painting this remarkable series. The exhibition reveals how Van Gogh experimented with different techniques, colours and compositions. He used swirling and rhythmic brushstrokes, working with bold contours, stylised forms and carefully-considered colour combinations.

Van Gogh produced a total of 15 paintings of olive groves, attempting to capture them as expressively and powerfully as he could. Three of these works are now in the Van Gogh Museum collection, and the rest are scattered across Europe and America.

This remarkable exhibition is reuniting this group of paintings for the first time. Van Gogh and the Olive Groves – the culmination of years of research – is a collaboration with The Dallas Museum of Art.

‘Van Gogh and the Olive Groves’ is on display from 11 March to 12 June 2022, in the Exhibition Wing.

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