Vincent van Gogh’s Olive Trees – a micropoem

oh the wind
carves the hills and the
trees swirl like clouds
and the grass moves like wind
because all things are one
oh yes – we all are one

1024px-Van_Gogh_The_Olive_Trees. 1889

…a little poem inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s “Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape” (1889). We have a reproduction of this painting in our home and I look at it often. All elements have the same visual feel to them, so, to me, the painting speaks of unity of all things. This painting is said to be a complement to his famous “The Starry Night”. More about his olive tree series here.

2 thoughts on “Vincent van Gogh’s Olive Trees – a micropoem

  1. Oh you feel it..the’s such an almost indescribable feeling expressed it so perfectly here from Van Gogh’s painting.

    I feel many of his paintings were about trying to express oneness ..the unity of all things. He sensed that I feel. It comes through in his paintings and words, too. So tragic, though, with him. Physical conditions and maybe a mind that couldn’t quite integrate the wholeness he often saw.

    I love this, kat. Can I link it to twitter for more to see?

    1. Please feel free to share! Thanks!

      I did a rather large project/paper on van Gogh in college (many moons ago), focusing on his work during the autumn of 1888 and his use of color to inspire an emotional response…I used his correspondence with his brother Theo for insight. What stuck with me from these studies is his optimism about what was possible and his sense of oneness and community, even when he was not really a part of that community. He wanted to create an artists’ space in the south of France and had such passion for expressing what he felt in new ways. Yes, there was tragedy and a lack of acceptance (he sold only one painting in his lifetime), but there was also hope, passion, and inspiration.

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