Vincent Van Gogh: a personal journey through the places he painted
In 1962, I met Van Gogh's nephew who showed me the family collection of his uncle’s work long before it was presented to the Dutch State for the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. This led me to drive through Holland and France in search of the landscapes the artist painted. In this lecture I will show my photographs next to his images in order to demonstrate the power of his visions, which led him to write: “The emotions that grip me in front of nature can cause me to lose consciousness.”
Name dropping: artists I have known From Dalí to Hockney
As a writer and lecturer on 20th century art, I have always found that people love to hear personal stories about the subject under discussion. I have found, during the course of research on the various topics which I have tackled, that personal contact with relevant people greatly enriches the end result. My lecture is the result of requests from many people for more information after my presentation along these lines at the NADFAS annual meeting at Kensington Town Hall early in 2011.One of the people I will be discussing is David Hockney who was in the news in 2012 when he was the subject of a major exhibition at the Royal Academy. I have known him since 1970 and often watched him at work. He created an original engraving for the Collector’s Edition of my book “The Erotic Arts” first published in 1975, at which time he drew my portrait. I published the first biography, “Portrait of David Hockney”, in 1988. He is now considered by many to be England’s favourite artist. Other artists I have encountered include Salvador Dali, with whom I spent an extraordinary day in his home in Spain in 1966; Henry Moore, whose tea parties I use to attend in the seventies at Much Hadham; the Surrealist Joan Miro; Francis Bacon; Allen Jones; Ron Kitaj; Peter Blake; Howard Hodgkin; Gilbert and George; Anish Kapoor; the photographers Henri Cartier-Bresson and Robert Mapplethorpe, and the film director Derek Jarman. I have also known the pop musicians John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Cliff Richard, Ray Davies and Adam Ant.
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