Olive Picking

Olive Picking

"You will receive soon, I think, the canvases I promised you. What I find very unfortunate is that you write that Jo says that Theo’s still coughing the whole time – blast – that doesn’t please me – however, I still hope that when he’s a father it’ll get better. I’d like him to have my health, in this sense that I myself always have lots of life in the fresh air, and he’s always always at his desk with so many troubles on his mind. And they’re wicked at Boussods’, too full of pride and tyrannical. 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
Details:
Painting Date
9th of December 1889
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Description:
This is the first of three paintings of the women picking olives in the grove outside the asylum at Saint Paul Mausole in Saint Remy de Provence.  Vincent paints this canvas in early December, then completes two more repetitions of it in his asylum studio to explore variations in color and stroke.
“You will receive soon, I think, the canvases I promised you. What I find very unfortunate is that you write that Jo says that Theo’s still coughing the whole time – blast – that doesn’t please me – however, I still hope that when he’s a father it’ll get better. I’d like him to have my health, in this sense that I myself always have lots of life in the fresh air, and he’s always always at his desk with so many troubles on his mind.  And they’re wicked at Boussods’, too full of pride and tyrannical.  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

 

Painting, Oil on Canvas – 73 x 92 cm Size 30 Figure
Saint-Rémy: December, 1889
Collection Basil P. and Elise Goulandris
Lausanne, Switzerland, Europe
F: 654, JH: 1868

Where Vincent Was:
Saint Remy

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