Presented by David Bomford, the Audrey Jones Beck Curator of European Art; chairman of conservation; and curator of Vincent van Gogh: His Life in Art

Vincent van Gogh’s The Rocks, in the MFAH collection, depicts a lone oak tree, bent and twisted by mistral winds, standing on an outcropping of rocks. The tree, whose trunk consists only of zig-zagging green lines, with foliage indicated by simple dabs in a variety of greens, rises against an empty but subtly colored sky.

The lack of landmarks makes it impossible to assign an exact location, but the 1888 landscape was probably painted in the vicinity of Montmajour, in the South of France. This lecture explores The Rocks in the context of the paintings and drawings Van Gogh created during his years in Arles (1888 and 1889).

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

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The 43rd Annual Ruth K. Shartle Lecture Series is made possible by a generous grant from The Brown Foundation, Inc.