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In the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

Strap on virtual shoes and go for an immersive walk through the works of a master.

In the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh is rated 4.9 out of 5 by 89.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Course I have over a hundred courses (from TGC) and this is one of the absoute best. I knew quite a lot about van Gogh before the course and he have been an inspiration for decades. Have visited excellent museum in Amsterdam (and Paris) and read at least 3 biographies but still learned a lot from this excellent course…A joy to watch
Date published: 2022-11-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent lectures! I had an opportunity to see Van Gogh's works in Canada, which in turn spiked my interest in his life story. Great Courses does a wonderful job of following his life and story.
Date published: 2022-11-23
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Nice presentation For me this was relaxing and a good way to unwind from a busy day.
Date published: 2022-11-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Indepth Course This is truly a fascinating, sensitive, in-depth course on the life and works of Vincent van Gogh. It is refreshing to listen to an art historian who bases his reviews and comments on the thoughts of the artist himself along with updated research into the life and times of the artist. I take these courses because I am currently not able to travel and greatly appreciate the variety and number of works of art shown, so many above and beyond those that are the most famous and often only the ones mentioned by art historians. A very thorough treatment of the subject presented in an interest-holding manner.
Date published: 2022-11-09
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Very disappointed When was this recorded? There is an accepted and very credible argument that Van Gogh did not commit suicide but was accidentally shot by some boys. The teacher here never mentions this, but seems to build the entire course on why, why, why did poor Vincent commit suicide? Even if this was not an issue, he speaks soooo..... sloooowly. After the second lecture, I said, 'Enough is enough. No more.' The Great Courses needs a course on Van Gogh, but this one should either be updated or scotched altogether.
Date published: 2022-11-06
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Fantastic overview of Van Gogh’s life with great visuals. Highly recommended!
Date published: 2022-09-21
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Have watched this many times Isbouts the narrator and presenter did an absolutely fantastic job. His approach to the subject which was to travel through time as well as place with Van Gogh is absolutely the right approach. I hope and wish that Wondrium/Great Courses would do more of the same with Isbouts. There are too many dry sterile lectures on art of pedantic people standing behind lecterns. For Physics this is OK but not ART o(r archaeology or even history). It's less expensive I know to produce that way, but it does not convey the mystery and wonder of the creation process as Isbouts succeeded in doing.
Date published: 2022-09-16
Rated 5 out of 5 by from In the Footsteps of Vincent Van Gogh Extremely interesting details of the life and times of this extraordinary artist, I thought I was knowledgeable about this subject but I see I was mistaken. Very enjoyable.
Date published: 2022-08-26
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Overview

Discover the secrets behind the life and work of one of the most recognized, yet misunderstood, artists of the modern world, Vincent van Gogh. This 15-episode course by Professor Jean-Pierre Isbouts will take you on a fascinating journey as you unravel the mysteries of the artist's one-of-a-kind style. Along the way, you will gain fresh insight and a deepened appreciation for the undeniable genius behind a troubled but brilliant artist.

About

Jean-Pierre Isbouts

INSTITUTION

Fielding Graduate University

Jean-Pierre Isbouts is a historian, biblical scholar, and best-selling National Geographic author. After earning his DLitt at Leiden University, he served as a member of the doctoral faculty at Fielding Graduate University for more than 15 years and now holds the title of Faculty Emeritus. He gained worldwide renown with his National Geographic book The Biblical World and also wrote Archaeology of the Bible, In the Footsteps of Jesus, and Young Jesus. His course The History and Archaeology of the Bible is one of Wondrium’s most popular.

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In the Footsteps of Vincent van Gogh

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The World of Vincent van Gogh

01: The World of Vincent van Gogh

Begin by tying together several fascinating facts about Van Gogh’s life, which then propel you to ask questions that lead to the uncovering of mysteries: Which parts of his life influenced his unique work—now worth hundreds of millions on the art market—and what drove him to a desperate act in the end?

21 min
Early Years in Brabant

02: Early Years in Brabant

Take a journey through Vincent’s younger years as Jean-Pierre shares a personal connection and details the events that marked Van Gogh and shaped his career. From learning French and English to taking his very first art class, Brabant and its landscapes leaves an indelible mark on the young Vincent.

22 min
The Turn toward Art

03: The Turn toward Art

Discover how Van Gogh makes an abrupt turn in his life trajectory and moves from ministry and missionary work to a life in art, aided by two influential men in his family. You will also begin to understand how difficulties with his parents and scandals with women will affect him.

23 min
The Nuenen Period

04: The Nuenen Period

What is it about the modest Protestant community of Nuenen that spurs Van Gogh to hit his stride in painting, and why does he leave his extensive body of work behind when he moves? This lecture dives into how the perceived richness and nobility of simple peasant life inspired the artist.

25 min
Vincent in Antwerp

05: Vincent in Antwerp

In many ways, it is in Antwerp that Vincent begins the remarkable evolution that will ultimately make him one of the most important painters in modern art. Explore his journey at the Antwerp Academy, where he slowly sheds the darkness of Hague and begins to play with light and color.

18 min
The Paris Art Scene in the 1880s

06: The Paris Art Scene in the 1880s

Did you know how much the Impressionist movement in Paris depended on Vincent’s brother, Theo? Find out the truth behind Theo’s enormous influence in promoting and establishing the movement and bringing together the Impressionist artists of the day, with scenes from Jean-Pierre’s television drama Manet in Love.

24 min
Vincent and Theo in Paris

07: Vincent and Theo in Paris

What would you do if a difficult relative dropped in without warning and announced they would be living with you from now on? Learn how Theo manages the situation when Vincent arrives in Paris, and revel in the way that Vincent inhales the wonderful new movements of Montmartre.

22 min
Vincent and the Post-Impressionists

08: Vincent and the Post-Impressionists

By the 1880s, the Impressionists have slowly begun to drift apart after the deaths of Frédéric Bazille and Édouard Manet. Follow Vincent’s journey as he immerses himself in the artist life and absorbs all he can from the artists around him in friendship and work, such as Seurat, Bernard, Gauguin, and Toulouse-Lautrec.

24 min
The Spring of Provence

09: The Spring of Provence

Having exhausted all he could learn in Paris, Vincent travels to what he refers to as “his Japan,” or Arles, France—living in his famed “Yellow House.” It is here that he begins to move beyond Impressionism and matures into his own style. Although his Yellow House was destroyed in World War II, modern 3-D animation shows us what it looked like.

20 min
Vincent’s Classical Period

10: Vincent’s Classical Period

As he settles down in Arles and opens himself to the power of bold, primary colors to evoke emotion, Vincent begins to feel the need for the companionship he had in Paris. Which of his artist friends will eventually agree to move to Arles and live with him in his Yellow House?

20 min
The Studio of the South

11: The Studio of the South

Perhaps the most well-known fact about Vincent’s troubled life is that he cuts his ear. Dive into the horrifying story of what it is that inspires him to do something so drastic, and how the people around him respond to the crisis—culminating in the loss of his beloved Yellow House.

22 min
The Asylum at Saint-Rémy

12: The Asylum at Saint-Rémy

Confined to an asylum, Van Goh enters a dark period of illness—yet it is out of this place that he draws inspiration to create his best-known masterpiece, The Starry Night. Listen as Professor Isbouts describes his research on what diagnoses were likely behind Vincent’s “insanity.”

23 min
The Art World in 1890

13: The Art World in 1890

While Vincent is sequestered away at the asylum at Saint-Remy, the art world is moving on. Amazingly, Vincent is gaining growing recognition among art critics, with works shown at an annual exhibition in Brussels. But is Paris ready for him when he returns to meet Theo and Johanna’s newborn baby?

20 min
Vincent in Auvers-sur-Oise

14: Vincent in Auvers-sur-Oise

In this lovely village along the Oise River, Vincent creates what is arguably his most developed and integrated work, including two portraits of his friend, Paul Gachet. However, always brewing underneath is the guilt, torment, and loneliness that will eventually drive him to his final day.

24 min
An End and a Beginning

15: An End and a Beginning

There are several theories surrounding Vincent’s death, including one featuring a boy in a Buffalo Bill costume. In this episode, we experience Vincent’s last hours. We then follow the amazing arc that will lift Vincent from obscurity to the worldwide fame he enjoys today.

32 min