Van Gogh's Olive Grove Paintings
The Met's spectacular holdings of paintings by Vincent Van Gogh include Olive Trees and Women Picking Olives, part of a series of fifteen painted in the summer and fall of 1889 around the asylum of Saint Remy where the artist was a voluntary patient. The series is the subject of the upcoming exhibition, "Van Gogh and the Olive Groves", organized by the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, and the Dallas Museum of Art.
A key component of the exhibition's research has been a collaborative conservation and science initiative: institutions that house this group of paintings have conducted extensive technical examinations to address questions about chronology, materials and techniques, and color change over time. The findings will feature prominently in the exhibition and the accompanying catalogue. The collaborative initiative began with a meeting at the Van Gogh Museum and a second, interim meeting was held at The Met and the Museum of Modern Art in October 2019.
Met Museum staff involved in the project:
- Charlotte Hale, Conservator, Department of Paintings Conservation
- Silvia A. Centeno, Research Scientist, Department of Scientific Research
- Susan Alyson Stein, Engelhard Curator, Department of European Paintings
Co-curators of the exhibition:
- Nicole R. Myers, The Barbara Thomas Lemmon Senior Curator of European Art, Dallas Museum of Art
- Nienke Bakker, Senior Curator of Paintings at the Van Gogh Museum
Coordinator of conservation and scientific research for the exhibition:
- Kathryn Pilz, Paintings Conservator at Van Gogh Museum
APPEAR (Ancient Panel Paintings: Examination, Analysis, and Research) Project
The APPEAR (Ancient Panel Paintings: Examination, Analysis, and Research) Project investigates ancient panel paintings to increase the understanding of their materials and manufacture. Launched by the J. Paul Getty Museum's Department of Antiquities Conservation in 2013, this international collaboration addresses the multitude of questions that surround ancient panel paintings—primarily mummy portraits, as well as related artifacts including shrouds, shrines, and complete portrait mummies.
Read more about the collaboration from the J. Paul Getty Museum