Olive Pickers: Orange Sky

Olive Pickers: Orange Sky

"I myself suffer in that I’m utterly without models. On the other hand, there are beautiful sites here. Have just done 5 no. 30 canvases of the olive trees. And if I still stay here it’s because my health is recovering greatly. What I’m making is harsh, dry, but it’s because I’m trying to reinvigorate myself by means of rather arduous work, and would fear that abstractions would make me soft." To Emile Bernard. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Tuesday, 26 November 1889
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Painting Date
25th of November 1889
Painting Type
Autumn Olives Seasonal
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“My dear Theo,
Thanks very much for your last letter, I’m very glad that you and Jo are in good health, and very often think of you both.
It’s very interesting what you tell me about a publication of coloured lithographs with a text on Monticelli, honestly, that gives me very great pleasure, and I’d be very curious to see them one day.
I hope that he’ll reproduce in colour the bouquet you have, for that’s a thing of the first order as regards colour. One day I’d very much like to do a print or two myself in this vein after my canvases.
Thus I’m working on a painting at the moment, women picking olives, which would lend itself to it, I think. These are the colours: the field is violet and further away yellow ochre, the olive trees with bronze trunks have grey-green foliage, the sky is entirely pink, and 3 small figures pink also. The whole in a very discreet range. It’s a canvas I’m working on from memory after the study of the same size done on the spot, because I want a far-off thing like a vague memory softened by time. There are only two notes, pink and green, which harmonize, neutralize each other, oppose each other. I’ll probably do 2 or three repetitions of it, for in fact it’s the result of a half-dozen studies of olive trees.
I think it likely that I’ll do hardly any more things in impasto, it’s the result of the calm life of seclusion I’m leading, and I feel I’m better for it. Fundamentally I’m not as violent as that, anyway I feel more myself in calmness.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Thursday, 19 December 1889

“I myself suffer in that I’m utterly without models. On the other hand, there are beautiful sites here. Have just done 5 no. 30 canvases of the olive trees. And if I still stay here it’s because my health is recovering greatly. What I’m making is harsh, dry, but it’s because I’m trying to reinvigorate myself by means of rather arduous work, and would fear that abstractions would make me soft.”

To Emile Bernard. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, on or about Tuesday, 26 November 1889

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 73 x 92 cm Size 30 Figure
Saint-Rémy: November 25, 1889
Kröller-Müller Museum
Otterlo, The Netherlands, Europe
F: 587, JH: 1853

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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