Thursday, February 16, 2006

Olive Trees

Ok, so now I have a thing for VanGogh. Here is another one: Vincent van Gogh. (Dutch, 1853-1890). The Olive Trees. Saint Rémy, June-July 1889. Oil on canvas, 28 5/8 x 36" (72.6 x 91.4 cm). Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest on display at MoMA

"In late April of 1889, about a year before his suicide, Van Gogh left Paris for Arles, entering the asylum at Saint-Paul-de-Mausole near Saint-Rémy. By the end of the year he had painted fifteen canvases using Olive trees as a subject. "They are painted in shades of silver, sometimes bluish silver, sometimes greenish, and in tones of bronze. Or else they stand there whitish against the yellow, or against the violet and orange-tinged pink, or even with earth of a reddish ochre colour. Very difficult, very difficult," he wrote in a letter." - lifted from here


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