The Works and Life of Vincent Van Gogh: Tribulations and Triumphs (Part I)

January 18, 2022
2 to 3:30 P.M.

AN AFTERNOON OF ART LECTURES
 
This lecture series is held at Story & Song Bookstore Bistro, 1430 Park Avenue, Fernandina Beach. (Not at the Cummer Museum)
Registration Required for each lecture, unless you reserve a full series ticket.
 
Cummer Amelia will host the popular lecture series, An Afternoon of Art, again! Dr. Debra Murphy, the inaugural chair of the Department of Art and Design at the University of North Florida will return to Amelia Island to explore The Works and Life of Vincent Van Gogh; Tribulations and Triumphs in a three-part series. Dr. Murphy will explore and examine Van Gogh’s life and artistic production. She will consider his biography, his major works, significant influences on his artistic development, and the greater context surrounding his life. Selected works from the Cummer Museum of Art & Gardens’ modern collection will also be discussed.
 
Part I - January 18 - 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. 
 
 
 
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.
 
 
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.