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Art and Images in Psychiatry
Oct 2012

Olive Trees in a Mountainous Landscape

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Arch Gen Psychiatry. 2012;69(10):992. doi:10.1001/archgenpsychiatry.2012.109

Sorrow is better than joy . . . for by the sadness of the countenance, the heart is made better . . . for those who have learnt and are learning to look at Jesus Christ, there will always be reason to rejoice . . . the pilgrim goes on sorrowful yet always rejoicing . . . —Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, November 3, 18761

At last I have a landscape with olive tree and also a new study of a starry sky . . . I’m fairly sure that these two studies I speak of are comparable in sentiment . . . —Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, June 18, 18891

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