Wednesday, April 18, 2018

Van Gogh's Olive Groves Inspired by Jesus in the Garden of Gethsemane 1889

In May 1889, a troubled van Gogh voluntarily entered the asylum of St. Paul near Saint-Rémy in Provence. There he painted the wheat fields, olive groves, & cypress trees in the surrounding countryside.  The olive groves reminded him of the tragedy & triumph of the love of Christ.
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Trees with the Alpilles in the Background

Van Gogh wrote that he painted "in the groves, morning and evening during these clear, cold days, but in beautiful, bright sunshine."  He told his brother, Theo that he was drawn to paintings of Christ in the Garden of Olives, but found none adequate. "What I have done is a rather hard and coarse reality beside their abstractions, but it will have a rustic quality and will smell of the earth." He believed that "one can express anguish without making reference to the actual Gethsemane, and... there is no need to portray figures from the Sermon on the Mount in order to express a gentle and comforting feeling." He also commented: "I shall not paint a Christ in the Garden of Olives, but shall paint the olive harvest as one might see it today, and by giving the human figure its proper place in it, one might perhaps be reminded of it."
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Couple Walking among Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape with Crescent Moon

Van Gogh wrote of the olive groves.  "The effect of daylight and the sky means there are endless subjects to be found in olive trees. For myself I look for the contrasting effects in the foliage, which changes with the tones of the sky. At times, when the tree bares its pale blossoms and big blue flies, emerald fruit beetles and cicadas in great numbers fly about, everything is immersed in pure blue. Then, as the bronzer foliage takes on more mature tones, the sky is radiant and streaked with green and orange, and then again, further into autumn, the leaves take on violet tones something of the color of a ripe fig, and this violet effect manifests itself most fully with the contrast of the large, whitening sun within its pale halo of light lemon. Sometimes, too, after a shower I've seen the whole sky pink and orange, which gave an exquisite value and coloring to the silvery gray-greens. And among all this were women, also pink, who were gathering the fruit."
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Grove Pale Blue Sky

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 which is yellow, pink, violet tinted orange... very difficult." He found that the "rustle of the olive grove has something very secret in it, and immensely old. It is too beautiful for us to dare to paint it or to be able to imagine it.
Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Grove


Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Grove Bright Blue Sky


Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Grove Bright Blue Sky


Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Grove Orange Sky


Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Grove


Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Trees Against the Slope of a Hill


Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Trees with Yellow Light and Sun


Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) The Alpilles with Olive Trees in the Foreground


Vincent van Gogh (Dutch artist, 1853-1890) Olive Trees

Tuesday, April 17, 2018

Jesus & The Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane Hennessy Book of Hours - miniaturist Simon Benning - Flanders, 1530-1540

The garden at Gethsemane, a place whose name literally means oil press, is located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem. A garden of ancient olive trees stands there to this day. Gethsemane is most famous as the place where Jesus prayed & his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion.  According to the New Testament it was a place that Jesus & his disciples customarily visited, which allowed Judas to find him on the night of his arrest.  Gethsemane appears in Matthew (26:36) & Mark (14:32). The Gospel of John says Jesus frequently went to Gethsemane with His disciples to pray (John 18:2). In the Bible at John 18:1l “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples.”  From other scriptures, such as, Matthew 26:36 we know that this garden was called “Gethsemane.”  

Monday, April 16, 2018

Jesus & The Garden of Gethsemane

1420-30 Medieval Book of Hours Leaf - Garden of Gethsemane

The garden at Gethsemane, a place whose name literally means oil press, is located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem. A garden of ancient olive trees stands there to this day. Gethsemane is most famous as the place where Jesus prayed & his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion.  According to the New Testament it was a place that Jesus & his disciples customarily visited, which allowed Judas to find him on the night of his arrest.  Gethsemane appears in Matthew (26:36) & Mark (14:32). The Gospel of John says Jesus frequently went to Gethsemane with His disciples to pray (John 18:2). In the Bible at John 18:1l “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples.”  From other scriptures, such as, Matthew 26:36 we know that this garden was called “Gethsemane.”

Sunday, April 15, 2018

Jesus & The Garden of Gethsemane

Garden of Gethsemane. Rosenwald-Book Of Hours

The garden at Gethsemane, a place whose name literally means oil press, is located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem. A garden of ancient olive trees stands there to this day. Gethsemane is most famous as the place where Jesus prayed & his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion.  According to the New Testament it was a place that Jesus & his disciples customarily visited, which allowed Judas to find him on the night of his arrest.  Gethsemane appears in Matthew (26:36) & Mark (14:32). The Gospel of John says Jesus frequently went to Gethsemane with His disciples to pray (John 18:2). In the Bible at John 18:1l “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples.”  From other scriptures, such as, Matthew 26:36 we know that this garden was called “Gethsemane.”  

Saturday, April 14, 2018

Jesus & The Garden of Gethsemane

The Agony in the Garden with the Donor Louis d’Orléans, Artist Colart de Laon?, a 15C French painting depicting Jesus praying in the Garden of Gethsemane while Peter, John, and James slumber. Prado

This painting is a small piece, probably intended for a use in a private chapel rather than a large church. Louis I, Duke of Orléans, became regent of France, when his older brother Charles VI went insane, and then Duke of Orleans was assassinated by his cousin & co-regent John the Fearless, Duke of Burgundy. His murderer John’s courage against Ottoman forces in the Battle of Nicopolis (1396) earned him his nickname, and his bullheaded vanity helped ensure his side was utterly routed. You can read about a;; the intrigue in Barbara Tuchman’s A Distant Mirror: The Calamitous 14th Century.

The garden at Gethsemane, a place whose name literally means oil press, is located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem. A garden of ancient olive trees stands there to this day. Gethsemane is most famous as the place where Jesus prayed & his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion.  According to the New Testament it was a place that Jesus & his disciples customarily visited, which allowed Judas to find him on the night of his arrest.  Gethsemane appears in Matthew (26:36) & Mark (14:32). The Gospel of John says Jesus frequently went to Gethsemane with His disciples to pray (John 18:2). In the Bible at John 18:1l “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples.”  From other scriptures, such as, Matthew 26:36 we know that this garden was called “Gethsemane.”  

Friday, April 13, 2018

Jesus & The Garden of Gethsemane

1308 Duccio di Buoninsegna (1255-1319) Agonia nel Getsemani Agony in Gethsemane

The garden at Gethsemane, a place whose name literally means oil press, is located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem. A garden of ancient olive trees stands there to this day. Gethsemane is most famous as the place where Jesus prayed & his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion.  According to the New Testament it was a place that Jesus & his disciples customarily visited, which allowed Judas to find him on the night of his arrest.  Gethsemane appears in Matthew (26:36) & Mark (14:32). The Gospel of John says Jesus frequently went to Gethsemane with His disciples to pray (John 18:2). In the Bible at John 18:1l “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples.”  From other scriptures, such as, Matthew 26:36 we know that this garden was called “Gethsemane.”  

Thursday, April 12, 2018

Jesus & The Garden of Gethsemane

1300s Barna da Siena The Agony in the Garden


The garden at Gethsemane, a place whose name literally means oil press, is located on a slope of the Mount of Olives just across the Kidron Valley from Jerusalem. A garden of ancient olive trees stands there to this day. Gethsemane is most famous as the place where Jesus prayed & his disciples slept the night before Jesus' crucifixion.  According to the New Testament it was a place that Jesus & his disciples customarily visited, which allowed Judas to find him on the night of his arrest.  Gethsemane appears in Matthew (26:36) & Mark (14:32). The Gospel of John says Jesus frequently went to Gethsemane with His disciples to pray (John 18:2). In the Bible at John 18:1l “When Jesus had spoken these words, He went forth with His disciples over the brook Cedron, where was a garden, into the which He entered, and His disciples.”  From other scriptures, such as, Matthew 26:36 we know that this garden was called “Gethsemane.”