Presented by Marjorie Shelley, Sherman Fairchild Conservator in Charge of Paper Conservation, Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York

Van Gogh at Work
Insights into His Drawing Practices

Drawing was integral to the artistic practices of Vincent van Gogh, from his novice days in Holland to his final days in the south of France. Generally overshadowed by the fame and familiarity of his paintings, Van Gogh’s more than 1,200 drawings (not including the letter sketches) remain comparatively unknown, even though they are among his most ingenious and striking creations.

This illustrated presentation looks at how Van Gogh’s methods, range of media and paper, ideas about color, and strong opinions regarding his graphic work were fundamental to his changing goals and style.

A reception follows the lecture.

Drop in! This program is free. Seating is available on a first-come, first-served basis.

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This lecture receives generous funding from the Virginia and Ira Jackson Endowment Fund at the MFAH.