OLIVE TREES OF PROVENCE by CARLA PARRIS shows a beautiful grove of stately olive trees, with their twisted, gnarled trunks and their lovely silvery green leaves.
Olive trees can be seen throughout Provence.
This beautiful grove of olive trees was photographed in St. Remy, France, just outside the asylum where Impressionist painter Van Gogh lived in 1889.
During Van Gogh's stay in St. Remy, the clinic and its garden were major subjects of his paintings. So, too, was the surrounding countryside, with its wheat fields, olive groves, and cypress trees, where he was allowed to take short supervised walks.
In 1889, Van Gogh completed at least 18 paintings of what he called "venerable, gnarled olive trees."
According to Wikipedia, Van Gogh found olive trees both "demanding and compelling." He wrote to his brother Theo that he was "struggling to catch (the olive trees). They are old silver, sometimes with more blue in them, sometimes greenish, bronzed, fading white above a soil whi...