Vincent van Gogh Olive Trees
Olive Trees / Olive Trees with yellow sky and sun
Saint-Remy, November 1889
Vincent van Gogh painted at least 18 paintings of olive trees, mostly in Saint-Remy in 1889. At his own request, he lived at an asylum there from May 1889 through May 1890 painting the gardens of the asylum and, when he had permission to venture outside its walls, nearby olive trees, cypresses and wheat fields.
One painting, Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape, was a complement to The Starry Night.
The olive tree paintings had special significance for Van Gogh. A group in May 1889 represented life, the divine and the cycle of life while those from November 1889 arose out of Van Gogh’s attempt to symbolize his feelings about Christ in Gethsemane. His paintings of olive pickers demonstrate the relationship between man and nature by depicting one of the cycles of life, harvesting or death. It is also an example of how individuals, through interaction with nature, can connect with the divine.
Van Gogh found respite and relief in interaction with nature. When the series of olive tree paintings was made in 1889 Van Gogh was subject to illness and emotional turmoil, yet the paintings are among his finest works.
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Claude Monet The Bridge At Argenteuil (1874)
Claude Monet, the founder of Impressionism, was one of the most influential landscape painters in the history of art. In 1874, the year of the first Impressionist exhibition, Claude Monet painted the Argenteuil Bridge seven times. The painting depicts a view of the Seine and the pleasure boats that drew tourists to Argenteuil.
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Claude Monet Woman With A Parasol / Madame Monet And Her Son (1875)
Claude Monet was a founder of French Impressionist painting. Monet’s beautiful landscape scene depicts Camille, in a white dress, with a veiled hat, carrying a parasol. Monet’s son is standing off in the background in the field. Woman With A Parasol is one of Monet’s most famous paintings.
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William Turner Sun Setting Over A Lake (1840)
Joseph Mallord William Turner was a British Romantic landscape painter, water-colourist, and printmaker. Turner was considered a controversial figure in his day, but is now regarded as the artist who elevated landscape painting to an eminence rivalling history painting. Although renowned for his oil paintings, Turner is also one of the greatest masters of British watercolour landscape painting. He is commonly known as “the painter of light” and his work is regarded as a Romantic preface to Impressionism. Some of his works also are cited as examples of Abstract Art existing prior to recognition in the early twentieth century.
While the details of this painting are indistinct, the sunset is lighting up the sky in vibrant reds and oranges.
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Paul Klee Castle And Sun (1928)
Castle and Sun is an abstract painting by Swiss artist Paul Klee. The image is created out of several geometric shapes like triangles and rectangles in various shades of color. The orange sun shines in a deep red sky, the city skyline is designed in strong lines and colorful triangular and rectangular shapes which add depth to the abstract artwork.
Movement: Expressionism, Cubism, Surrealism
Genre: Abstract Art
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