Day School: Van Gogh and Nature

Ref: C3746845

In a letter sent from London in 1874 Vincent van Gogh wrote: “Always continue walking a lot and loving nature, for that’s the real way to learn to understand art better and better. Painters understand nature and love it, and teach us to see.” As Tate Britain will explore the web of cross-influences between van Gogh and British arts and culture, we will look at the central role and place given to the natural world in his paintings. Flowers, setting suns, fields and cypresses depicted with the brightest colours: we will investigate their meanings and effects

Course aim

Flowers, setting suns, fields, and cypresses, all depicted with bright colours: this lecture explores the central role played by nature in van Gogh's art.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • This course is for beginners and improvers

By the end of the course I should be able to:

  • describe van Gogh's symbolic approach to nature
  • discuss van Gogh's orginality when compared with the landscape and flower paintings of other 19th century painters

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

Nothing else needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Day School: Van Gogh and Nature


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