Cézanne and Van Gogh in Provence with Pamela Morton - Context Travel

Cézanne and Van Gogh in Provence with Pamela Morton


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Cézanne and van Gogh have shaped our visions of Provence, with its blue skies, sea, mountains, parasol pines, olive trees, and sunflowers. What moves us most, however, is the expressive power of their paintings. These are visionary works, artistic evocations not only of Provence’s bold light and landscapes but of ideas and feelings. It was in Provence where the two founders of modern art came into their own. Although they shared the same inspiration – the southern light and landscape – the paintings they produced are profoundly different in conception. Each in his own way revolutionized modern conceptions of art.

This conversation will look at the art of Cézanne and van Gogh within the context of the South. It considers how their different responses to place (the southerner vs the northerner) and their different artistic choices (classical form vs exotic color) led to a new, open art of self-expression.

Led by Pamela Morton an expert on the art and artists of the south of France, this interactive seminar will focus on the Provençal paintings of Cézanne and van Gogh. Designed to inform curiosity as well as future travels, participants will come away with an increased understanding of the work of these two artists and its connection with the setting in which it was produced.

Originally from the US, Pamela has lived in France (Aix-en-Provence and Marseille) for 25 years. Pamela teaches studio art and art history for American university programs in Aix. She trained in art restoration in Italy and has a background in museum work as a curatorial assistant and program director. She is also an artist working in mixed media -- drawing and painting. She attended Bennington College and California College of the Arts. She's worked as the on-site director for a study abroad program and for educational programs including the Smithsonian, Alumni International and Cultural Experiences Abroad. She's taught for Northwestern University, Oberlin College, and the Marchutz School of Art (Aix). As an art historian, Pamela is endlessly fascinated by the local culture, the archaeology, history, and architecture of the region as well as its monuments and museums. As a painter, she is intrigued by the light and colors of this southern realm, the Midi, where so many artists lived and worked. Her two favorite artists from Provence are Cézanne and van Gogh.

This course is not suitable for children under age 16

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

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Loved this!

Pamela led us through a fascinating exploration of the influence Provence had on Cezanne and Van Gogh. I loved how she wove together descriptions and stories about the paintings, the landscapes, and the lives of the artists, including Van Gogh’s relationship with Gauguin. Seeing the paintings together was wonderful because they are scattered about in museums all over the world. Pamela was thoughtful and engaging, and I saw the paintings in a new way after her talk. The Q&A was especially interesting.

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Excellent speaker, informed, engaging, great slides

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Very engaging

As usual, Pamela's instruction was excellent. Her enthusiasm about the subject matter and her clear love of teaching are both infectious. Enjoyed every minute.

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Great Course!

Pamela is a very interesting presenter. She has a wealth of knowledge which she shared with the participants. The time spent was very worthwhile and I look forward to more of her presentations.

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Excellent seminar

Pamela Morton seminar's are exceptional --- thought provoking, well organized and filled with interesting facts, This lecture on Cezanne and van Gogh during their time in Provence was so insightful with wonderful examples of works from both artists,

Customer Reviews

Based on 30 reviews
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C.C.
Loved this!

Pamela led us through a fascinating exploration of the influence Provence had on Cezanne and Van Gogh. I loved how she wove together descriptions and stories about the paintings, the landscapes, and the lives of the artists, including Van Gogh’s relationship with Gauguin. Seeing the paintings together was wonderful because they are scattered about in museums all over the world. Pamela was thoughtful and engaging, and I saw the paintings in a new way after her talk. The Q&A was especially interesting.

A
A.

Excellent speaker, informed, engaging, great slides

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T.
Very engaging

As usual, Pamela's instruction was excellent. Her enthusiasm about the subject matter and her clear love of teaching are both infectious. Enjoyed every minute.

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S.N.
Great Course!

Pamela is a very interesting presenter. She has a wealth of knowledge which she shared with the participants. The time spent was very worthwhile and I look forward to more of her presentations.

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S.
Excellent seminar

Pamela Morton seminar's are exceptional --- thought provoking, well organized and filled with interesting facts, This lecture on Cezanne and van Gogh during their time in Provence was so insightful with wonderful examples of works from both artists,