Lecture

"Dear Theo, Thank you for the paints": Van Gogh's Choice of Materials and Some Unforeseen Changes

"Dear Theo, Thank you for the paints": Van Gogh's Choice of Materials and Some Unforeseen Changes

Date: Saturday, March 02, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Speaker: Ann Hoenigswald, Senior Conservator of Paintings, National Gallery of Art, Washington
Type: Lecture

Vincent van Gogh’s extensive correspondence with his brother Theo offers remarkable insight into the artist’s working technique and selection of materials. Not only did he request packages with specific paints and types of canvas supports, but he also described the brushes he used, his preferences for certain frames and the intended presentation of his pictures. Van Gogh was keenly aware of the quality of artists’ materials, and he discussed the potential advantages and disadvantages of one color over another. Ann Hoenigswald examines these choices and how they affect the appearance of Van Gogh’s paintings today.

We anticipate a full-house for this lecture, and encourage you to arrive at 3:00 p.m., when stickers for ensured seating will be handed out on a first-come, first-served basis. Please allow ample time for parking.


Theater | Free with admission. | Stickers for ensured seating are distributed in the Main Entrance gallery starting at 3:00 p.m. Members enjoy early seating between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.; general admission seating begins at 3:45 p.m.