Starry, Starry Night

Whenever I present my lecture, “The Legacy of Vincent van Gogh,” I include a very telling and insightful exercise.  First, I have the guests in attendance look at Van Gogh’s paintings “Starry Night” and “Sunflowers.”  Then I ask them to shout out words describing how those paintings make them feel.  I hear words like “cheerful,” “happy,” “joyful,” “peaceful,” “vibrant,” “soothing,” and “serene.”

I then display two self-portraits of Vincent and ask the guests to shout out words that they would use to describe Vincent as a person.  I hear words like “depressed,” “tragic,” “lonely,” “troubled,” “melancholy,” “tortured,” “haunted,” “introspective,” “confused,” and “lost.”

For me, the true legacy of Vincent van Gogh is not his popularity or recognition after death or that his paintings now fetch millions of dollars.  No, his legacy is that a man perceived as “depressed, tragic, troubled and tortured” could create timeless paintings that affect us in 2018 and make us feel “cheerful, happy, peaceful and serene.”

“The Legacy of Vincent van Gogh”

  • Thursday, February 22nd from 6:00 – 7:30pm.
  • Saturday, March 3rd from 4:00 – 5:30pm.
  • Hosted by the Winter Garden Art Association and presented at SoBo Gallery located at 127 S. Boyd Street, Winter Garden, FL 34787
  • Tickets are $15, $10 for members of the WGAA.

For more information, please call 407-347-7996 or visit http://wgart.org/events/sold-out-lecture-vincent-van-gogh-sept-28/

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