Course Description

This overview course will cover Van Gogh's life and the powerfully expressive art he produced. A self-taught Dutch post-Impressionist artist, he is one of the most influential painters in the history of Western art. Despite his early death, his artistic output and correspondence (particularly with his brother) were extraordinary. His life was marked by constant disappointments and failures that suffused his work and productivity. His talent was not recognized in his lifetime. His struggles with mental illness led to his being described as an artist "where madness and creativity converge." Guest lecturer Alva Horton will discuss the architecture of Impressionist-era Paris and of the Roman ruins depicted in some of Van Gogh's Arles paintings. The acclaimed movie Loving Vincent, animated in the artist's style, may be shown at an extra session. A listing of additional resources will be provided by the instructor.  Lecture (plus Questions)


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Vincent van Gogh: His Life and His Art
9:00AM to 10:30AM
Sep 12, 2019 to Oct 17, 2019
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Recommended text:

Ingo F. Walter – Rainer Metzger, Van Gogh – The Complete Paintings (9783836557153), $20.