Free Lecture on Van Gogh and Nature – 7/16/15

“The Sower” (1888), a painting from Arles, France, feels charged with crisis, in this show at the Clark Art Institute in Williamstown, Mass. Credit Kröller- Müller Museum, Otterlo, The Netherlands

The Albany Institute of History & Art is pleased to host the annual Clark Art Institute Lecture on Thursday, July 16, 2015 at 6PM. This program is a popular and long-standing summer tradition at the museum. It is free and open to the public as part of the Albany Institute’s free evening hours, which are held each Thursday from 5-8PM. Traditionally, this lecture has been very popular, so attendees are encouraged to arrive early to secure a seat.

This year, the Clark’s exhibition curator Richard Kendall will discuss the research and origin of the Van Gogh and Nature exhibition and catalogue as well as the significance of its theme. Fundamental to the project has been a close study of the artist’s work throughout his career and his rarely discussed preoccupation with the natural world, from flowers, birds, and insects to the majestic landscapes of rural Holland and the south of France. Still underestimated in many approaches to Van Gogh’s art is his passion for reading, which included guides to nature, poetry that addressed the countryside, and literally hundreds of novels in Dutch, English, and French that celebrated rural life in an age of expanding towns and cities. This issue will also be explored in the lecture, which will be illustrated with works from ‘Van Gogh and Nature’ and other sources.

For more information about Van Gogh and Nature (open through September 13, 2015), please visit The Clark’s website at For more information about upcoming programs at the Albany Institute of History & Art, please visit the museum’s website at

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