Peter McPhee OAM
Monday, May 9
THE GENIUS OF
VINCENT VAN GOGH
Remarkable, Creative and Brilliant
by Peter McPhee. OAM.
No other painter rivals Vincent Van Gogh for popularity and recognition. Since his death the combination of his remarkable creative brilliance and the tragic circumstances in which that brilliance was expressed have made him a synonym for the tortured artistic genius. This lecture is about Van Gogh in the context of his early life in the Dutch region of Brabant; his tumultuous years in the Netherlands and Britain; his volatile encounter with the impoverished mining communites of southern Belgium; and his crucial 1880 decision about the direction of his life.
Peter McPhee was appointed to a Personal Chair in History at the University of Melbourne in 1993. He was Deputy vice-Chancellor and Provost of the University from 2003 to 2009. He has published widely on the history of France during the tumultuous years of the French Revolution and its aftermath. Peter is a member of the Australian Academy of the Humanities and th Academy of Social Sciences. he was made a Member of the Order of Australia in 2012. He is currently Chair of the History Council of Victoria.
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