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Olive Grove by Vincent van Gogh (1889)

    Olive Grove by Vincent van Gogh

    Olive Grove by Vincent van Gogh was created in 1889. The painting is in Van Gogh Museum Amsterdam. The size of the work is 73,2 x 92,2 cm and is made as an oil on canvas.

    Van Gogh made his paintings of olive groves just after his friends Paul Gauguin and Émile Bernard had painted a number of religious scenes. They created those works from their imaginations. Van Gogh disagreed with that approach. He felt that reality should always be the starting point: ‘My ambition is truly limited to a few clods of earth, some sprouting wheat. An olive grove,’ he wrote to Bernard… (read more in Van Gogh Museum)

    About the Artist: Dutch Post-Impressionist painter Vincent van Gogh was born in Groot-Zundert. Van Gogh was a serious and thoughtful child. His interest in art began at a young age. Constant Cornelis Huijsmans, who had been a successful artist in Paris, taught the students at Tilburg. His philosophy was to reject technique in favour of capturing the impressions of things, particularly nature or common objects. Van Gogh’s profound unhappiness seems to have overshadowed the lessons, which had little effect. In March 1868, he abruptly returned home. He later wrote that his youth was “austere and cold, and sterile”… Read more

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