About the Class
Delve into the life and work of Vincent van Gogh, one of the greatest—and most mythologized—painters of the modern era. Poverty, institutionalization, and self-mutilation are all part of Van Gogh’s story, but over years these factors have had an outsize influence on how we understand his paintings—that they were simply fueled by emotion. In fact, Van Gogh’s art was driven by ideas. He had carefully articulated theories about art, nature, and spirituality. Looking at dozens of key paintings, we will follow Van Gogh’s career from his beginnings in Holland to his final, brilliant years at Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise.
Lucy is the deputy director for research, interpretation and education at the Barnes. As an art historian, she specializes in modern European art and visual culture. She is the coauthor of Renoir in the Barnes Foundation and has published articles and essays on topics ranging from the early charcoals of Odilon Redon to contemporary installation art.