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Art Historian Discusses Literary Influences on Vincent Van Gogh

St. Johnsbury ~ Art historian Carol Berry will examine how literature influenced the life and art of Vincent Van Gogh in a talk at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum on April 3 at 7:00 pm. Her talk, “Vincent Van Gogh and the Books He Read,” is part of the Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays lecture series and is free and open to the public.

Van Gogh’s letters reveal that his paintings and drawings were inspired by his reading as well as by people, nature, and other painters’ work. Berry will show the profound influence of the works of Harriet Beecher Stowe, Charles Dickens, George Eliot, and others on Van Gogh’s life and art.

Berry is an artist and a retired art educator. Intrigued by the work of Vincent Van Gogh, she has spent many years studying his paintings, reading his letters, and absorbing information that would lead her to a better understanding of the artist and his remarkable career. A few years ago Berry traveled to the villages in The Netherlands, Belgium, and France, where the artist lived and worked. She has lectured on various aspects of Van Gogh’s life to offer a deeper appreciation of his intense desire to “to touch some people” through his art. She is the author of Vincent Van Gogh: His Spiritual Vision in Life and Art (Orbis Books).

About First Wednesdays

The Vermont Humanities Council’s First Wednesdays series is held on the first Wednesday of every month from October through May in nine communities statewide, featuring speakers of national and regional renown. Talks in St. Johnsbury are held at St. Johnsbury Athenaeum unless otherwise noted. All First Wednesdays talks are free and open to the public. See the full schedule of St. Johnsbury First Wednesdays talks.

The statewide underwriters for the First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series are The Alma Gibbs Donchian Foundation, the Windham Foundation, and the Institute of Museum & Library Services through the Vermont Department of Libraries.

The First Wednesdays 2018-2019 series in St. Johnsbury is underwritten by St. Johnsbury Academy.

St. Johnsbury Athenaeum is sponsored by Adler and McCabe, PLC and Friends of the Athenaeum.

For more information, contact St. Johnsbury Athenaeum at 802.748.8291 or contact the Vermont Humanities Council at 802.262.2626 or , or visit www.vermonthumanities.org.

About Vermont Humanities Council

The Vermont Humanities Council seeks to engage all Vermonters in the world of ideas, foster a culture of thoughtfulness, and inspire a lifelong love of reading and learning. Because Ideas Matter.