Olive trees and olive groves were favorite subject for some of the greatest artists. From painters of the Renaissance to today’s artists, the olive tree is painted in various paints, each one a tribute to the magic of this tree.
A pioneer of impressionism, Monet created his own approach to landscape painting. A lover of nature, inspired by the trees and plants throughout his life.
One of the founders of Impressionism, Degas left law school to become an artist. His paintings with main subject the olive trees are an excellent sample of Impressionism.
William Merritt Chase
A well-known American painter, the Chase created mainly portraits, but also some excellent paintings depicting landscapes. He used to rent a house near Florence where he spent his summers, and inspired by olive groves.
John Singer Sargent
A representative of realism and impressionism, the Sargent was born in Venice by American parents and stayed in Paris and London. His paintings have amazing details and he loved to create outdoors, using natural light.
Salvador Dali, the great artist of Surrealism, painted his olives trees painting in 1922. He regularly visited Cadaques, a city in southern Spain, which were inspired by the surrounding nature.
El Greco, who lived during the Spanish Renaissance and dealt mostly with religious themes, painted Christ in the Garden of Olives in 1563.
Henri Matisse is a leading figure in modern art. His paint “Promenade among the Olive Trees”, painted in Collioure, a picturesque town on the Mediterranean coast, which many painters loved, is one of his first and most important paintings.
Vincent Van Gogh
Van Gogh, the famous Dutch painter, inspired mainly by olive trees and left too many projects at post-impressionistic style depicting olives and olive groves.