Course Description

IN PERSON: This lecture course will explore the remarkable life and artistic development of Vincent van Gogh. Van Gogh's life moved between the worlds of religion and art, reflecting the ministerial world of his father and the artistic world of his mother and her family. As young men, Vincent and his brother Theo worked in their uncle's art gallery, after which Vincent immersed himself in religious activities, eventually becoming a missionary in Belgium. We will delve into his complex inner life and psychological struggles and their expression in his art, in part by examining the extensive correspondence he maintained with Theo over many years. His began his life as an artist at 27 years old without a formal art education but with great intensity. He mastered the principles of color unlike any other artist of his time. Despite his short life as an artist, he made profound contributions to the use of color and is considered one of the most influential and recognizable artists of modern times. | Lecture + Q&A.

Max enrollment: 30.

Location: Judea Reform Congregation, 1933 W. Cornwallis Rd, Durham NC 27705

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Section Title
Vincent van Gogh: His Life and His Art
Classroom - In Person
11:00AM to 12:30PM
Feb 07, 2023 to Mar 14, 2023
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: Students are highly encouraged to view the online movie "Loving Vincent," a relatively recent "painted" movie that has received critical acclaim. An optional session to discuss this film will be scheduled for the same day and time that the class meets, but after the course has ended. Linda Luftig, a skilled local cinematographer, will be our discussant. A webpage for the course will be available, where the PowerPoint presentations for each class and other information will be posted regularly. The recommended book, "Van Gogh: The Complete Paintings," will complement the lectures and will be a great reference for your personal library.

Recommended reading:
Ingo F Walter, Rainer Metzger, "Van Gogh. The Complete Paintings" (9783836557153)
Ed. Ronald de Leweeuw, "The Letters of Vincent Van Gogh" (9780006540250)

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