Olive Grove: Orange and Sunset Sky

Olive Grove: Orange and Sunset Sky

"I have 12 large canvases on the go, above all olive groves, one with an entirely pink sky, another with a green and orange sky, a third with a big yellow sun." To Willemien van Gogh. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Monday, 9 or Tuesday, 10 December 1889
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25th of November 1889
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“My dear Theo,
The olive tree is variable like our willow or pollard in the north. You know that willows are very picturesque, despite the fact that it appears monotonous, it’s the tree typical of the country. Now what the willow is in our native country, the olive tree and the cypress have exactly the same importance here. What I’ve done is a rather harsh and coarse realism beside their abstractions, but it will nevertheless impart the rustic note, and will smell of the soil.
How I’d like to see the studies from nature by Gauguin and Bernard, the latter tells me of portraits which doubtless would please me more.
I hope I’ll get used to working in the cold – in the morning there are very interesting effects of white frost and fog, and I still have the great desire to do for the mountains and for the cypresses what I’ve just done for the olive trees, have a really good go at them.
The thing is, the olive tree and the cypress have rarely been painted, and from the point of view of placing the paintings this ought to go to England, I know well enough what they’re looking for over there.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Tuesday, 26 November 1889

 

“My dear Sister,

I have 12 large canvases on the go, above all olive groves, one with an entirely pink sky (F: 707), another with a green and orange sky (F: 586), a third with a big yellow sun (F: 710).”

To Willemien van Gogh. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Monday, 9 or Tuesday, 10 December 1889

“My dear Theo,
Today I’m dispatching a few canvases, the following:
Olive Trees –
Orange and sunset sky (F: 586)
Variant of orange and green sky with figures (F: 587)
Variant, neutral effect (F: 707)
Variant, neutral effect (F: 708)
Please don’t look at them without putting them on stretching frames and framing them in white.”

To Theo. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Friday, 3 January 1890

“Do you know that when I saw your olive trees again, I found them more and more beautiful, the one with the sunset is especially superb. How you have worked since last year, it’s prodigious.”

Theo van Gogh to Vincent . Paris, Wednesday, 22 January 1890

 

“For the Impressionists’ exhibition in March, I hope to send you a few more canvases which are drying at the moment. If they didn’t arrive in time you would have to make a choice from those that are at père Tanguy’s.”

To Theo van Gogh. Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, Wednesday, 12 February 1890

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 74 x 93 cm Size 30 Figure
Saint-Rémy: November 25, 1889
Goteborgs Konstmuseum
Goteborg, Sweden, Europe
F: 586, JH: 1854

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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