November 9, 2016
Multipurpose Room, Second Floor (Rm. 250), Cabell Library
Cliff Edwards, Professor of Religious Studies at VCU, will talk about his latest book, Van Gogh’s Ghost Paintings: Art and Spirit in Gethsemane (Cascade Books, 2015).
One of the most significant and revealing paintings by the world famous artist Vincent van Gogh was never seen by anyone but the artist himself. The painting was so important to the artist that he painted it twice. He was so conflicted about the painting that he destroyed it twice. Cliff Edwards argues that these two unique paintings are at least as important to understanding the artist and his work as are the two thousand or more paintings and drawings that do exist. In Van Gogh’s Ghost Paintings, Edwards invites his readers on a journey that begins in a Zen master’s room in Japan and ends at a ruined monastery and its garden in the south of France. Recovering the intent and nature of van Gogh’s “ghost paintings” becomes a “zen koan” waiting to be solved. The solution offers access to the deepest levels of the artist’s life as painter and spiritual pilgrim, illuminating the relationships of joy and suffering, of discovery and creation, and of religion and the arts in van Gogh’s life and work.
Admission is free and all are welcome!
This event is co-sponsored by the Humanities Research Center and the VCU Libraries.
For more information, please visit humanitiescenter.vcu.edu.