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  • Paul-Camille Guigou
The Olive Trees

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The Olive Trees 1860
The strong shadows, parched earth, sparse vegetation and dusty grey-green olive trees convey the effects of strong sunlight on the colouring and forms of the southern French landscape. A goatherd seeks shade under a tree while his animals nibble at the dry grass. In the far distance a woman and her donkey continue along the track. Guigou painted this picture in 1860 while he was still a law student, a year before he decided to devote himself to painting full time. It met with a favourable response when he exhibited the painting in Montpellier.


  • Acc. No. NG 2462
  • Medium Oil on canvas
  • Size 68.20 x 104.10 cm (129.50 x 93.00 x 8.30 cm)
  • Credit Purchased 1988