Paintings in the asylum: cypresses and olive groves (Saint-Rémy, May 1889-May 1890)
by Vincent van GOGH

Living in the asylum in Saint-Rémy, van Gogh repeatedly turned his attention to the no-man's-land between the wide world out there and his own confined world. It was now that he acquired his fondness for what was characteristically Mediterranean in the region: the cypress trees, the olive groves and the sparse vegetation on the hills.

The series of olive groves harks back to Arles. At that time van Gogh painted fruit trees in blossom, using nicely nuanced lighting and subtle colour combinations to approximate a Japanese ideal. The principle of light emanating from within survived into the fifteen Saint-Rémy paintings of olive trees.

Preview Picture Data File Info Comment
Starry Night
June 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 74 x 92 cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York

1276*1000
True Color
238 Kb



Cypresses
June 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 93 x 74 cm
Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

900*1128
True Color
243 Kb



Green Wheat Field with Cypress
June 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 74 x 93 cm
Národní Galerie, Prague

1300*1013
True Color
224 Kb



Cypresses with Two Female Figures
June 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

1036*1300
True Color
230 Kb



Wheat Field with Cypresses
September 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm
National Gallery, London

1400*1057
True Color
219 Kb



Fir-woods at Sunset
November 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 92 x 73 cm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

858*1100
True Color
240 Kb



Cypresses and Two Women
February 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 44 x 27 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

745*1200
True Color
200 Kb



Cottages and Cypresses: Memories of the North
March-April 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas on panel, 29 x 37 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

1147*900
True Color
211 Kb



Landscape with Couple Walking and Crescent Moon
May 1890, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 50 x 46 cm
Museu de Arte, São Paulo

1076*1200
True Color
243 Kb



Olive Grove
June 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 73 x 93 cm
Nelson-Atkins Museum of Art, Kansas City

1200*931
True Color
196 Kb



Olive Grove
June 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 72 x 92 cm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

1232*1000
True Color
240 Kb



The Olive Trees
June-July 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 73 x 91 cm
Museum of Modern Art, New York

1313*1000
True Color
212 Kb



Olive Orchards: Bright Blue Sky
Autumn 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 49 x 63 cm
National Gallery of Scotland, Edinburgh

1200*920
True Color
237 Kb



Olive Trees with Yellow Sky and Sun
November 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 74 x 93 cm
Institute of Arts, Minneapolis

1123*900
True Color
200 Kb



Olive Orchards against a Slope of a Hill
November-December 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 34 x 40 cm
Rijksmuseum Vincent van Gogh, Amsterdam

1149*930
True Color
190 Kb



Olive Picking
December 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 72 x 90 cm
Private collection

1093*900
True Color
281 Kb



Olive Grove with Picking Figures
December 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm
Rijksmuseum Kröller-Müller, Otterlo

1122*850
True Color
190 Kb



Olive Picking
December 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 73 x 92 cm
National Gallery of Art, Washington

1064*800
True Color
176 Kb



Landscape with Trees and Figures
November 1889, Saint-Rémy
Oil on canvas, 50 x 65 cm
Baltimore Museum of Art, Baltimore

1266*950
True Color
242 Kb




Summary of works by Vincent van Gogh
Early paintings (1881-85)
Etten, The Hague | Nuenen | The Potato Eaters | Antwerp
Paris (1886-87)
Flower and other still-lifes | Various
Arles (1888-89)
Orchards in Blossom | Portraits
January-August 1888 | September 1888-April 1889
Asylum in Saint-Rémy (1889-90)
Environs | Cypresses and olive groves
Copies after other artists | Miscellaneous
Auvers-sur-Oise (1890)
Last paintings (May-July 1890)
Self-portraits (1886-89)
Self-portraits in chronological order
Graphics
Lithographs | Watercolours | Drawings | 1 | 2 | 3