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Online Class: Van Gogh

Art in Context / Online

Mondays, December 7–28, 4 – 6pm


Vincent van Gogh. The Brothel (detail), 1888. BF104. Public Domain.

$220; members $198
(4 classes)

All classes in Eastern time. We encourage you to watch live, but classes can be streamed once the live session ends. See our FAQ.

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 the years these factors have had an outsize influence on how we understand his paintings. Van Gogh’s art was driven by ideas—about nature, authenticity and spirituality—rather than simply fueled by psychosis. Looking at dozens of key paintings, we will follow Van Gogh’s career from his beginnings in Holland to his final, brilliant years in Arles and Auvers-sur-Oise.

Each week, the main lecture is followed by a 30-minute discussion session that allows students the opportunity to ask questions and exchange ideas with the instructor and classmates.


Martha Lucy

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.