The painting “Landscape with Olives” was painted by Van Gogh in 1889 during a difficult period for him. At this time he was in the hospital of the monastery of Saint-Paul-de-Mozol in the small town of Saint-Remy-de-Provence. Then he worked with incredible hard work and wrote more than 150 paintings and about a hundred drawings and watercolors. Basically, during this period of his life, Van Gogh painted many still lifes and landscapes, the main differences of which were incredible nervous tension and dynamism. Among them, one can single out a whole series of landscapes on which the artist painted olive trees. One of them is “Landscape with Olives”.
The paintings of that period differ from Van Gogh’s inherent writing style, although the style remains the same. The artist splashes out all his experiences on the canvas and opens from a completely different perspective. Van Gogh also continues to use the technique of applying smears, only now they have become more tense, the lines are smooth and twisty, the color palette has changed to more psychedelic color schemes - all this reflects the state of his sick soul. There is not a single horizontal and vertical line in the picture; all of them linearly meander along the canvas. The perception of the world seems to border on unreality.
The soil is more like billowing waves of blue, green and yellow colors with their various shades. On this raging soil, as if olive trees are floating, their color gamut echoes the palette of soil. The mountains are unreal blue with green accents.
In the sky, faded blue with a splash of yellow, two clouds are depicted more like clubs of yellow smoke with an admixture of blue.
To date, Vincent Van Gogh's painting "Landscape with Olives" is in the Whitney Museum of American Art in New York.