Cummer Nassau Lecture Series: The Works and Life of Vincent Van Gogh: Tribulations and Triumph

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The Works and Life of Vincent Van Gogh: Tribulations and Triumph
Three-Part Lecture Series by Dr. Debra Murphy, UNF Art History Professor

Hosted by Cummer Nassau, an Affinity Group of the Cummer Museum*

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Fernandina Beach

These lectures will consider Van Gogh’s biography, major works, significant influences on his artistic development (Japanese prints and the Impressionists, for example), and the greater context surrounding his life, including important individuals such as his brother Theo, and the contemporary artist, Paul Gauguin.

Lecture 1 – October 4, 2PM
In Search of Identity and Purpose: From Struggles in Holland to Revelations in Paris

    • This lecture traces the artist’s unsuccessful forays into art dealing and the ministry, his early creations, such as The Potato Eaters, and his move to Paris, which transforms his work.

Lecture 2 – October 11, 2PM
Flourish and Decline in Arles: Astonishing Creativity, the “Ear Incident,” and Hospitalization

    • Hoping to escape the stress of urban Paris, Van Gogh travels south to Arles with a vision of forming an artist’s colony. A period of tremendous productivity ensues, which is fractured by the mutilation of his ear and subsequent commitment to an asylum where he paints Starry Night.

Lecture 3 – October 18, 2PM
Painting the Fields of Auvers and Death at 37

    • From May to July 1890, Van Gogh produced 70 paintings in about as many days in Auvers-sur-Oise north of Paris, including the iconic Wheatfield with Crows. In addition to an examination of his last works, the controversy surrounding the circumstances of his death (suicide or accidental shooting?) and his legacy will be addressed.

Members: Free
Non-members: $10 per lecture, $25 for series


*Cummer Amelia is now Cummer Nassau.