Vincent van Gogh : an art history lecture by Nick Pearson

Nick Pearson

7 Feb

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

£10 inc light refreshments

Class details

Join Nick Pearson as he delves into the life of Vincent van Gogh.

Monday 7 February

6.30 – 8.30pm

£10 per person including light refreshments

Vincent van Gogh was born in in 1853 in the Dutch Brabant village of Zundert. He had a short career, only ten years. But he created more work and influenced more painters than most artists manage in a lifetime.

In February 1886 van Gogh turned up at his brother’s small Montmartre apartment. He’d studied painting in Antwerp and arrived in Paris just in time for the Impressionists’ eighth and final exhibition. The colour and loose brushwork used by the Impressionists immediately captivated and excited van Gogh. He studied in Paris with Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and was further influenced by Paul Gauguin. Lautrec told him he would find the ‘colour sensations’ he looked for under the Mediterranean sun in the south of France, where he himself had grown up. Vincent left for the south of France and created many of his greatest works.

Nick looks at Vincent van Gogh’s turbulent life and the the development of his work; hopefully, busting a few myths at the same time! We shall be looking closely at one of Nick’s favourites, Country Road in Provence by Night (1890). It hangs in the Kröller-Müller Museum in Otterlo, which is in the Netherlands. We also look closely at drawings and paintings from various collections, including two major works in the Courtauld Gallery.


Course Details

OPEN Ealing Arts Centre W5 2TD

Dates: 7 Feb -
Monday 6:30 pm
Fees: £10 inc light refreshments

About the tutor

Nick Pearson

Nick is an internationally exhibited artist and an enthusiastic lecturer. He has a passion for art of all period and teaches at various levels in schools, colleges, universities and adult learning centres; including

  • London College of Contemporary Art
  • Richmond Art School
  • OPEN Ealing
  • University of Oxford
  • Northampton University
  • Bradford College of Art

His artistic practice encompasses sculpture, drawing and photographic work. He creates large, wall-based works which explore formal relationships through shape and colour, often with a kind of abstract visual humour – but as in all collage, each constituent part has its own history and poetic meaning. Nick uses everyday objects in his artwork which he has often found or which have been discarded.

For more information on his work and exhibitions visit his website:

To book special, private tours (for birthdays, corporate events, etc) please email him:

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