Van Gogh and the Olive Groves is the first exhibition dedicated to the legendary artist's important olive grove series, produced in Saint-Rémy-de-Provence in the final year of his life. Co-organized by the DMA and the Van Gogh Museum, this groundbreaking presentation will premiere in October in Dallas, the only North American venue, and then travel to Amsterdam.
Upon arriving at the asylum of Saint-Rémy in May 1889, Vincent van Gogh was immediately captivated by the region’s abundant olive groves. That June through December, he produced a striking series of paintings that capture olive trees at different times of day and in different seasons. Van Gogh and the Olive Groves brings together this significant series for the very first time. It explores the intensely personal and spiritual meaning the motif held for the artist, while tracing his shifting motivations and stylistic approaches. Bold and experimental, the olive grove series reveals Van Gogh’s passionate investigation of the expressive powers of color and line, and his enduring belief in the consoling power of art.
This unprecedented exhibition contextualizes the olive grove series within the artist’s career and reveals exciting new discoveries on the artist’s techniques, materials, and palette through works drawn from public and private collections.
Van Gogh and the Olive Groves requires a paid ticket for adults, with discounts for seniors, students, and military. DMA Members and children 11 and under are free. All visitors must first reserve a free general admission ticket for the DMA on their selected date. Guests will then be able to add on a matching exhibition ticket. An exhibition ticket alone will not permit entry to the DMA. Tickets will typically be released on the third Monday of every month for the upcoming month.
Van Gogh and the Olive Groves is co-organized by the Dallas Museum of Art and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam and is co-presented by Texas Instruments and PNC Bank. This exhibtion is supported by an indemnity from the Federal Council on the Arts and the Humanities. The Dallas Museum of Art is supported, in part, by the generosity of DMA Members and donors, the National Endowment for the Arts, the Texas Commission on the Arts, and the citizens of Dallas through the City of Dallas Office of Arts and Culture.
Images: Vincent van Gogh, The Olive Trees (banner: detail), June 1889, oil on canvas, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY; Vincent van Gogh, Olive Trees, June 1889, oil on canvas, National Galleries of Scotland. Purchased 1934. Photo © National Galleries of Scotland; Vincent van Gogh, Olive Grove, July 1889, oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands. Photographer: Rik Klein Gotink; Vincent van Gogh, The Olive Trees, June 1889, oil on canvas, The Museum of Modern Art, New York, Mrs. John Hay Whitney Bequest. Digital Image © The Museum of Modern Art/Licensed by SCALA / Art Resource, NY; Vincent van Gogh, Olive Grove, November 1889, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation); Vincent van Gogh, Olive Grove, Saint-Rémy, November 1889, oil on canvas, Gothenburg Museum of Art, Sweden. Photo: Hossein Sehatlou, Gothenburg Museum of Art; Vincent van Gogh, Olive Grove with Two Olive Pickers, December 1889, oil on canvas, Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands. Photographer: Rik Klein Gotink