Van Gogh and Nature with Caroline Levisse

Ref: C2420581

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 meaning and effect.

Additional information about this course

Light lunch/refreshments will be provided

Course aim

This lecture explores the central role played by nature in van Gogh's art, from his sunflowers to the setting suns.

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No skills or experience needed

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

  • Recognise and analyse key works by Van Gogh
  • Discuss the role given to nature in his art
  • Compare van Gogh's representations with landscape paintings by other artists

How will I be taught?

  • The WEA tutor will use a range of different teaching and learning methods and encourage you and the group to be actively involved in your learning

What kind of feedback can I expect?

  • A range of informal activities will be used by the tutor to see what you are learning which may include quizzes, question and answer, small projects and discussion

What else do I need to know?

  • Nothing else is needed

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

  • No pre reading or pre course work is required

What can I do next?

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Van Gogh and Nature with Caroline Levisse


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