Perspectives in Portraiture - Vincent van Gogh

Ref: C2346476

This series of lectures asks some of the key questions about the development of portraiture. We look at some of the problems artists encounter in representing their subjects and the diversity of portraiture's forms and functions. In 1890 Vincent van Gogh wrote to his sister: "What impassions me most - much, much more than all the rest of my metier - is the portrait, the modern portrait". By that he meant avoiding bland, photographic likenesses produced by conventional techniques. Rather, he sought to convey the essential character of his sitters by means of pure colour and expressive brushwork, thereby influencing the course of portraiture in the twentieth century. No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

Course aim

This lecture is one of a series that explores some of the different approaches to portraiture

Do I need any particular skills or experience?

  • No previous experience is necessary - just a lively, open-minded interest in art!

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

  • Understand what is meant by 'expressionism' in relation to the portraits by Van Gogh
  • Recognize what van Gogh meant by the term 'modern' portrait
  • Identify the developing characteristics of his portraits produced over time
  • Recognize the influence of van Gogh's redefinition of the portrait on subsequent generations - specifically German Expressionists such as Schmidt-Rottluff and. later, Francis Bacon.

How will I be taught?

What kind of feedback can I expect?

What else do I need to know?

A list of images under discussion, a booklist and relevant web sites will be available on canvas

Pre-course work, reading and information sources

What can I do next?

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Perspectives in Portraiture - Vincent van Gogh

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