Vincent van Gogh made 15 paintings of olive trees in total. At first he was struggling to capture the characteristics of the olive tree; he found them intimate and nearly too beautiful too paint. But he didn’t stop trying. Van Gogh even made 3 versions of 'Women Picking Olives’.

Today 132 years ago, on or about 25 November 1889,

Vincent van Gogh wrote to Emile Bernard from Arles:

"So at present am working in the olive trees, seeking the different effects of a grey sky against yellow earth, with dark green note of the foliage; another time the earth and foliage all purplish against yellow sky, then red ochre earth and pink and green sky. See, that interests me more than the so-called abstractions.”

Women Picking Olives
Saint-Rémy, 1889
Oil on canvas
72,7 x 91,4 cm
The Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

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