Lunchtime lecture: Van Gogh's art history

Course Dates: 08/07/24
Time: 13:00 - 14:00
Location: Online
What influenced the art of Vincent van Gogh? From 17th century Dutch still lives to symbolist poetry, Japanese prints and French realist painting we explore how van Gogh’s study of art history shaped his art practice and subject matter.
This course will be delivered online. See the ‘What is the course about?’ section in course details for more information.
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Lunchtime lecture: Van Gogh's art history
  • Course Code: VB958
  • Dates: 08/07/24 - 08/07/24
  • Time: 13:00 - 14:00
  • Taught: Mon, Daytime
  • Duration: 1 session
  • Location: Online
  • Tutor: Sarah Jaffray

Course Code: VB958

Mon, day, 08 Jul - 08 Jul '24

Duration: 1 session

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What is the course about?

The myth: Vincent van Gogh was an impulsive painter working from his uncontrollable emotions.

The reality: Vincent van Gogh had a carefully cultivated knowledge of art history and a meticulous art practice that reflected that study.

This lecture attempts to dispel the myth of van Gogh’s uncontrolled impulse by looking at his sources and why he chose them. We look to his letters as well as his copies of historic art to better understand how he developed a unique, distinctive style that still captivates us today.

This is a live online course. You will need:
- Internet connection. The classes work best with Chrome.
- A computer with microphone and camera is best (e.g. a PC/laptop/iMac/MacBook), or a tablet/iPad/smart phone/iPhone if you don't have a computer.
- Earphones/headphones/speakers.
We will contact you with joining instructions before your course starts.

What will we cover?

• Vincent van Gogh’s artistic influences
• The artist’s letters and his explanation of sources
• His unique painting style and how it is a product of his time and place in history.

What will I achieve?
By the end of this course you should be able to...

• Discuss at least one of van Gogh’s major artistic influences
• Describe at least one element of van Gogh’s distinctive style
• Generally discuss van Gogh’s artistic intentions.

What level is the course and do I need any particular skills?

This course is open to all.

You should be able to operate basic elements of Zoom, e.g. microphone, camera and log in.

How will I be taught, and will there be any work outside the class?

You will be taught with lecture and powerpoint slides. There will be an opportunity to ask questions at the end of the lecture session.

Are there any other costs? Is there anything I need to bring?

No extra costs, but you may wish to bring a notebook to take notes.

When I've finished, what course can I do next?

Search for 'lunchtime lectures' to see all of the talks on offer in the coming year.

Sarah Jaffray Tutor Website

Sarah Jaffray holds a BA and MA in Art History with an emphasis in 19th/20th century France and a minor in the Italian Renaissance. She holds a second MA in Cultural Theory from Goldsmiths, University of London. Sarah was a lecturer for several colleges and universities in the Los Angeles area before relocating to London in 2012. She has worked in curatorial roles at the British Museum and Wellcome Collection. In addition to her current teaching at City Lit, Sarah is a lecturer at the University of Arts London and the Tutor Coordinator for City Lit's Art History programme. Her art historical practice focuses on experimental narratives, artistic process, art pedagogy, politics and philosophy. Sarah's current research is focused on translation and empathy.

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