Lecture or talk Adults

Olive Trees by Vincent van Gogh | An Exploration of Making and Meaning (in person)

Scottish National Gallery Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Tuesday 16 August, 12.45-1.30pm

Booking essential


To meet demand we are also offering an online live stream of the event. Space is very limited, please do not come to the event without a pre-booked ticket.

Painted in June 1889, Olive Trees by Vincent van Gogh is one of a series of 15 paintings tackling this distinctive motif and produced during the artist’s year-long stay at the asylum of Saint-Rémy-de-Provence. Over the last three years an international team of curators, conservators and conservation scientists has examined each painting of the series in detail. Analysing all aspects of van Gogh’s materials and technique, this ground-breaking project culminated in an exhibition that took place in the Dallas Museum of Art, Texas and the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam in 2021-2022. Senior Paintings Conservator, Lesley Stevenson will discuss the findings of the research specifically in relation to the Edinburgh Olive Trees – one of the most popular paintings in the Scottish National Gallery collection.

Vincent van Gogh Olive Trees 1889
Event accessibility

Event accessibility

  • Wheelchair access
  • Hearing loop

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Detailed information on accessibility at the National Galleries of Scotland

We are currently working on improving our galleries. During this time some rooms will be closed and some facilities will be temporarily removed. There will be limited disabled access to some areas.

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  • Wheelchair access
  • Wheelchairs available
  • Lockers (£1/£2)
  • Seating throughout
  • Bike rack
  • Accessible toilets for gallery visitors
  • Baby change for gallery visitors
  • Toilets for gallery visitors
Getting here

Getting here

The Scottish National Gallery can be found just off Princes Street in the city centre.

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  • Open daily, 10am-5pm
The Mound, Edinburgh, EH2 2EL

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