Vincent van Gogh and His Influences

Fifty and Better Fall Session

Vincent van Gogh and His Influences

In just a 10-year span as an artist, Vincent van Gogh had an immense and prolific output. While developing a distinct and individual style, van Gogh also learned from and embraced many different influences. Beginning with his native Dutch predecessors, his palette lightened up with time among the Impressionists in Paris and then continued to develop more with his interaction with his contemporaries. His output reflected knowledge and respect for the history of art as well as the influence of his own personal feelings and the world around him.

This overview of the artistic career of Vincent van Gogh will also coincide with an additional lecture in January in accompaniment of a potential field trip to the Santa Barbara Museum of Art for the exhibition “Through Vincent's Eyes: Van Gogh and His Sources.”

Katherine E. Zoraster, MA, is an art historian and a professor of art history at several local colleges, specializing in Western art from the Renaissance to the 20th century. She graduated with a double major in English literature and art history from the University of California, Los Angeles. Following her undergraduate degree, she received a master’s degree with distinction in art history from the California State University, Northridge.

Fifty and Better was designed to offer university-level courses (no tests, no homework) taught by experts in the field, and to host social engagement activities for individuals age 50 and older.

Cost is $35 for this six-week course.


Register by Friday, Sept. 3, at 3 p.m.

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