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Van Gogh and Gauguin in Arles Stephen Duffy Wednesday 11 September 2019

The extraordinary story of the nine weeks that van Gogh and Gauguin spent together in Arles in southern France in 1888 is one of the most famous in the whole history of art. So many powerful emotions are swept up in it - friendship and rivalry, ambition, jealousy, contempt and admiration - while of course it also led to some of the most celebrated paintings of early modern art. The encounter between these two tempestuous characters, including the episode of Van Gogh cutting off his ear, forms the subject of this lecture which also places the artists' stay in Arles in the context of their careers and within the wider history of late nineteenth-century painting.   

Stephen Dufy was educated at New College, Oxford, and is a former Senior Curator of the Wallace Collection where he had particular responsibility for exhibitions and nineteenth-century paintings. He has given countless tours of the Collection for visiting groups and many lectures on its art and other related subjects. His latest publication, The Discovery of Paris, is a book on early nineteenth-century watercolour views of Paris by major British artists.