- DURATION 2 x 60 mins
Van Gogh, The Man and his Art
Part One - Thursday 21st September at 4pm
Vincent van Gogh was generally considered one of the greatest of the Post Impressionists. He sold only one artwork during his life, but in the century after his death he became perhaps the most recognized painter of all time. His artistic activity was brief and prolific. In 10 years Van Gogh created about 2,100 artworks, including about 860 oil paintings, however, most date from the last two years of his life. His landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits are characterized by bold colours, energetic and expressive brushwork. In this presentation we will discover much about the man, his life and the most significant examples of his work.
Van Gogh, The artist and his Letters
Part Two - Tuesday 26th September at 4pm
Van Gogh was not only a great artist but was able to express his beliefs as a letter writer and his impassioned motivation to describe his paintings in such detail. He wrote 651 to his brother Theo. Vincent's letters are eloquent and expressive and have been described as having a "diary-like intimacy", and read in parts like autobiography. In one for example he described in detail his painting of the Sunflowers "I'm painting with the gusto of a Marseillais eating bouillabaisse, which won’t surprise you when it's a question of painting large sunflowers." and he signed his paintings with ‘Vincent’, because French people had difficulty pronouncing ‘Van Gogh’. This and so much more we will discover as we explore more of his paintings through his letters.
- Duration: 2 x 60 mins
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Meet the Host, Malcolm
Malcolm began his career as a pharmaceutical apprentice at the age of 15 in 1948, the same time as the introduction of the National Health Service. Following his graduation with a degree in Pharmacy, his work took him to many parts of Britain including 17 years in Salisbury where he was very much involved with the Cathedral and life of the city.
Throughout his career, Malcolm has always had a keen interest in Art, History, and Music so following his retirement he was able to develop these interests to give illustrated lectures to numerous local groups including Rotary, U3A, and WI’s, and for the past 6 years has also given presentations on Cruise ships with Saga and Fred Olsen, sailing to exotic destinations around the World. His presentations are always compiled for as wide an audience as possible and include an amazing collection of images and usually incorporate musical interludes to accompany the subject.
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