ADFAS Evening Lecture - 'Vincent Van Gogh: Madman or Genius?' with Anthony...

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Our Speaker tonight is Anthony Russell

Anthony has travelled much of the world, combining painting with tour lecturing - principally to American university students on bespoke tours.

He has spent six years as a consultant travelling the country advising on the furniture needs of prestigious buildings, including museums, palaces, schools and cathedrals.

Now based in London, he spends much of his time lecturing and undertaking research, while assisting at the British Museum with outreach events and visiting lecturers. As an advocate of non-violence, he is the author of the book Evolving the Spirit - From Democracy to Peace, commended by Aung San Suu Kyi, the Nobel Peace Laureate recently released from 15 years of house arrest, as meaning a great deal to her.

Our Talk tonight is 'Vincent Van Gogh: Madman or Genius'

This talk makes an excellent follow up on the visit ADFAS made in April to Tate Britain for their new exhibition on Van Gogh. The exhibition represents the different stages of this artist's short painting career and gives us a much better understanding of his troubled life and appreciation of his art and its meaning. Well worth a visit!

Remarkable prices are these days realised for this humble artist's work.

Most of us appreciate the beauty of his efforts but how much to we know about the man himself? This lecture considers exactly why, despite never selling a painting and his committing suicide in poverty, no art historian today denies his genius.

There are extraordinary, little known facts to be revealed, while enjoying the remarkable range of Van Gogh's talent. Though seeming so extreme and exceptional, the tragic story of his loveless life is deeply moving and his humanity makes a lasting impression. Van Gogh’s adult life was in grim reality a constant struggle against poverty, misery, ill health, both physical and mental, and loneliness.

A man of conscience and self questioning, who in Pissarro’s words would “either become mad or else leave us way behind”.

Van Gogh's early career and personal life seemed doomed to failure. Art provided his only outlet. Through it he was able to express himself; saying, “I believe that pictures will tell you what I am not able to express in words”.

And he is now one of the most famous of all artists. What was behind all those self portraits?

In this lecture, a selection of his paintings from all the stages of his short but prolific painting career will help us to understand the inner workings of Van Gogh’s mind.

For more details, please to our ADFAS website page:-

www.ashridgedfas.org.uk/evening-events/evening-lectures-2018-2019#wednesday-8-may-2019-vincent-van-gogh-madman-or-genius-anthony-russell





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