Painted during his time at the asylum in Saint-Rémy, this is one of fourteen works that Van Gogh produced featuring olive trees. The swirling brushwork brings a sense movement and power to the natural scene, a technique which Van Gogh frequently used.
Vincent van Gogh
The EY Exhibition: Van Gogh and Britain
Date of work
Original: Oil paint on canvas 51.0 x 65.2 cm National Galleries of Scotland Purchased 1934 Photography by A. Reeve
Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890) is considered one of the most influential post-impressionist artists in the history of Western art. During his short yet prolific career he developed a highly personal use of colour and brushwork, directly expressing an emotional response to his subject and his inner world.