The Brush and Pen Salon Presents:
The Literary Van Gogh
The Letters: Life as Painter and Writer
Moderated by Therese Wolfe
Most of us are well acquainted with Vincent Van Gogh’s singular genius through his breathtaking paintings. Lesser known to the public, however, is that Van Gogh was also a prolific writer and voracious reader. He was fluent in three languages: Dutch, his native tongue, French, and English, and he wrote proficiently in all three languages. Out of the 820 surviving letters, 651 are to his brother, Theo. The letters “offer personal insights which give lie to the idea that Van Gogh was a ‘reckless and unreflective genius’.”*
We will be reading, examining, and discussing, in round table fashion, some of Van Gogh’s letters to his brother and other painters, such as Paul Gauguin and Emile Bernard, as “a rich source of information about Van Gogh’s gripping life story and exceptional work.”**
Please join us in this Salon, the first in a series of four, which—with the exception of Van Gogh, who is his own literary influence—will explore relationships between writers and painters and the way they influence each other.
And bring a friend!
**The Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
When: Saturday, Feb 2nd, 11am-12:30pm
Where: Osborn/Woods Gallery at the Miners Foundry, 325 Spring St, Nevada City
For early registration, please contact Juliette at [email protected]