John Walsh Lecture Series

Organized in collaboration with John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, the lecture series focuses on close-looking and important paintings on view at the Gallery.

Recent Lectures

Vincent van Gogh, Le café de nuit (The Night Café), 1888

Vincent van Gogh’s Turning Points: Six Lectures by John Walsh

April 5, 12, 18, and 26, 2019

Vincent van Gogh (1853–1890), the most famous European artist of the 19th century, created a body of work and lived a life that fascinate audiences everywhere. This was an artist who responded to his subjects strongly, sometimes rapturously, and found the means to translate those responses onto paper and canvas. In six lectures, John Walsh, B.A. 1961, Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum, Los Angeles, and Visiting Professor in the Department of the History of Art, examines the ways van Gogh’s interests and abilities developed during his short but brilliant 10-year career: how he created a visual language to achieve the effects he wanted, how his intentions changed over the course of a decade, and how encounters with other artists, relocations, and spiritual crises turned him in new directions.

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About John Walsh

John Walsh, B.A. 1961, is Director Emeritus of the J. Paul Getty Museum in Los Angeles. He was a paintings curator at the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York, and at the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. He received a Ph.D. from Columbia University. He has taught courses on the history of art at Columbia and Harvard University, and he is currently a visiting professor in the Department of the History of Art at Yale University.