Art Gallery of Alberta

In-Gallery Talk

Reflections on Dutch Landscapes from Rembrandt to Van Gogh
In-Gallery Talk
Featuring Joan Greer

Thursday, April 11, 7 pm
Exhibition Space, Main Level
$15 / $10 AGA Members
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This in-gallery talk will discuss Dutch landscapes, paying particular attention to art from the latter part of the nineteenth century. Professor Joan Greer will examine individual works in the exhibition, including landscapes from Hague School artists Jan Hendrik Weissenbruch and Hendrik Willen Mesdag, as well as the master of seascapes (and teacher of Claude Monet) Johan Barthold Jongkind, and the most renowned Dutch artist from the period, Vincent van Gogh. These works, which are related to the celebrated landscape tradition of the “Golden Age” of seventeenth-century Holland, are similarly founded on realist principles of close personal observation of the physical world, indicating concerns connected to topography, the natural sciences and national identity. They also sometimes function on a metaphoric level, encoding autobiographical and religious meaning, and underline politicized notions of a non-elitist, accessible art form that could speak to all people.

Joan Greer (Ph.D., Free University of Amsterdam) is Associate Professor in the History of Art, Design, and Visual Culture, Adjunct Professor in Religious Studies, and member of the Science and Technology in Society Interdisciplinary Program at the University of Alberta, Canada. She serves as editorial advisory board member of Victorian Review. Her research centres on 18th-, 19th- and early 20th-century European (especially Dutch and Belgian) art with a particular focus on the convergences of art and design discourses with those of religion, radical politics and early environmentalism. Areas of concentration include theories of genius and constructions of artistic identity; representations of Christ; Vincent van Gogh; art and design periodicals; and constructions of nature. Outside the main subject area of Europe in the long nineteenth-century, Joan Greer also deals with the history and theory of sustainable design and the material culture of music.