Nuneaton Museum - George Eliot and Vincent Van Gogh: Radiant Realism and Provincial Life

Activity: OtherPublic engagement, outreach and knowledge exchange - Public Lecture/debate/seminar


An emphasis on seeing place anew through nineteenth century art and literature has been the focus of Livesey’s public lectures during the bicentenary month, on Van Gogh’s debt to Eliot as a radiant realist depicting provincial life (2020). These include the GEF Annual Lecture, Nuneaton (16 Nov. 2019: full capacity: att. 45); Nuneaton Museum (29 Nov. 2019: att. 57 accompanying exhibition launch below); U3A Cambridge (4 Dec. 2019 att. 112). Attendees commented ‘I think this will affect me deeply, the way I read, the way I see’; ‘this reinforces my mindfulness practice – Affirmation of the here and now and being and living in the community of the G[eroge] E[liot] landscape’; ‘it turned out to be so relevant to my own life, especially “I have seen behind the word failure” [q. from Eliot’s Felix Holt used in lecture]’.
Period29 Nov 2019
Degree of RecognitionLocal