'Inspiring Van Gogh' - Nuneaton Library

Activity: Talk or presentationInvited talk


Not many people know that George Eliot’s fiction had a huge influence on the work of Vincent Van Gogh. When he sent a copy of his iconic brilliant yellow painting, Bedroom at Arles (1889), to his sister he said he was trying to paint something of Eliot’s novel, Felix Holt, the Radical (1866), set in ‘Treby Magna’, a fictional version of Nuneaton. Other paintings reference the landscape of provincial life Eliot depicted in Scenes of Clerical Life, Adam Bede, and Silas Marner. Ruth Livesey will use Van Gogh’s paintings to look again at George Eliot’s places. What do these two great artists share in the way they depict everyday life? What do they do in their work to make everyday places and ordinary people seem full of radiant color and significance – and why does that matter now, more than ever?
Period9 Mar 2020
Held atNuneaton Library