Vincent van Gogh and his Contemporaries - Dutch Artists of the 19th Century

Vincent van Gogh continues to both fascinate and intrigue from his tragic life story to the incredible originality of his art and his letters to his brother Theo. In the first of these lectures we will examine the life and art of van Gogh. In the 2nd lecture we will look at many other Dutch artist also of the 19th century who make up the Hague School – including Hendrik Willem Mesdag Josef Israëls, Jacob, Matthijs & Willem Maris to George Hendrik Breitner all of whom hold much-loved places in Dutch art.


This class will be delivered online via the online platform Zoom. Enrolling students need to ensure they have an email, a reliable internet connection, microphone/speakers and access to a tablet, smartphone or computer.


COURSE OUTLINE

  • The Man and His Art – Vincent van Gogh (1853 – 1890): Vincent van Gogh is a name well known as a Dutch post-impressionist painter with bold colours, dramatic and impressive exuberant compositions with expressive brushwork. Visitors flock to the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam and his works are held in many major museums all over the world. They include landscapes, still lifes, portraits and self-portraits. His work carries an influential position in the history of Western art. In just over a decade, he created about 2,100 artworks, including around 860 oil paintings, most of which date from the last two years of his life. His personal story and struggle with mental health has often overshadowed his art, and he was not commercially successful in his lifetime. He died at 37 after years of mental illness, depression and poverty. This lecture will include a visits to important places in The Netherlands relating to his life. as well as his art.
  • Dutch Artists of the 19th century – The Hague School - Hendrik Willem Mesdag, Josef Israëls, Jacob, Matthijs & Willem Maris to George Hendrik Breitner: Painting at a similar time to Van Gogh, in the mid- 19th century, the art of the Hague School presented a different style in Dutch painting. Around 1860 a group of painters, including Jozef Israëls, the Maris brothers, and Hendrik Willem Mesdag settled in The Hague. At that time The Hague had a flourishing art scene and these painters focused on landscapes of the western Netherlands, following the examples of the French painters of the Barbizon school. Many Dutch painters of this time painted “en plein air” – with seascapes and natural depictions of the outdoors and every-day people. This much-loved school of art evokes a sense of realism seen in a number of similar movements around the work, including Australia. In this lecture we will look at a number of artists of The Hague School, and their characteristics styles.


PLANNED LEARNING OUTCOMES
By the end of this course, students should be able to:

  1. Develop an understanding of Dutch art from the 19th centuries & the contributions of Vincent van Gogh.
  2. Engage with the social & historical influences on Dutch art within the period.
  3. Recognise the names of a Contemporaries of Vincent van Gogh and their contributions to The Hague School.
$79 Limited / $71

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15 Oct

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