Van Gogh's Olive Trees

Van Gogh's Olive Trees

Vincent van Gogh is one of the most mythologised figures in art history. The Dutch Post-Impressionist is usually recalled as a madman, with his bandaged ear, painting in a tortured frenzy.

Art historian and Senior Curator at the Scottish National Gallery, Frances Fowle considers the brilliant and varied artist behind the myth. Van Gogh's many depictions of olive trees demonstrate the surprisingly studious approach which went into his expressive brushwork, and his thoughtful interest in Impressionist colour theory. Spiritually charged but diligently sketched from life, Fowle sees Van Gogh's olive grove paintings as a 'pure vision of the landscape'.

Time Period:

19th century