Art historian Linda Blair will present a four-lecture series titled, “Vincent van Gogh & Paul Cézanne,” 7:30 p.m. Tuesdays, Sept. 10, 17, 24 and Oct. 1 at the Athenaeum Music & Arts Library, 1008 Wall St.
The discussions will examine their art, the role of art in their lives, and the possible relationship between their burdened personalities and the art they produced.
For both artists, Paris was the crucible where they defined their artistic vision and refined their technical skills, yet ultimately the tumult and temptations of the city forced these two psychologically fragile painters to flee to the south of France, and there, in the sun-baked towns and lavender fields, each produced his greatest art.
Despite the shared geography of Provence, Van Gogh and Cézanne disdained each other’s work, and indeed, their art differs dramatically — in color, form, treatment of space and brushwork. Both artists shed light on the creative process — Van Gogh due to the vast documentation provided by his letters, and Cézanne due to his stark and limited personality.
The series is $50 for members, $70 nonmembers. Individual lectures are $14/$19.