ART SEMINAR GROUP ONLINE PROGRAM THROUGH ZOOM
Story of an Odd Couple – Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles
Chris Boicos, professor of art history for the University of Southern California Paris program and founder (2007) and main lecturer for Paris Art Studies
On October 23, 1888 Paul Gauguin at last arrived in Arles to stay with his friend Vincent van Gogh, who had moved to the small provincial town in Provence in February of that year. For months Vincent had been writing to Gauguin urging him and his young friend in Brittany, the artist Emile Bernard, to join him in the Midi. Vincent’s dream was to found in the south a colony of like-minded creative artists working in harmony with each other in the splendid nature and light he had discovered in Arles.
The two months the two artists spent living and working together in Vincent’s “little yellow house” will be the subject of our lecture. We will analyze the personal and artistic relationship between the two masters and how their inner demons, personalities, and deeply held beliefs about what art should be, led to the dramatic clash of 23 December that ended with the celebrated truncation of Vincent’s right earlobe. Despite their disagreements both artists absorbed much from each other so that the intensity of their artistic and emotional dialogue yielded in the end the styles and artistic attitudes that would in the future have the greatest impact on the evolution of modern art.
$15 door fee for guests and subscribers (no fee for members)