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Radical Visionaries: Cézanne, Gauguin, and Van Gogh

Section one has closed.  Please email us at sps.pala.ce@nyu.edu if you would like to be added to the waitlist. 
Register for this Spring 2024 course on the new NYU SPS Academy of Lifelong Learning website.
Explore a period of great artistic upheaval of the later 19th century, when three post-Impressionist painters broke with tradition and thus laid the foundations for modern art. This course celebrates the achievements of Paul Cézanne, Vincent van Gogh, and Paul Gauguin, and follows the influences they had on a younger generation of artists in France and across Europe. Inspired by the highly successful 2023 Met exhibition of Van Gogh’s Cypresses and the ongoing Cézanne exhibition at Tate Modern in London, we explore the relationships and artistic parallels between these three pioneering artists. While evidence of an encounter between Cézanne and Van Gogh remains sketchy, literature abounds about the tense friendship between Van Gogh and Gauguin, as well as the equally tense friendship between Gauguin and Cézanne. Although neither of the trio’s artistic visions and personalities matched to form true friendships, they all found common ground in their aim to break up the old traditions of the academy, paving the way for what became known as modernism. Three museum visits are scheduled as part of regular classroom meetings. Spring 2024 tuition is $899.

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You'll Walk Away with

  • Knowledge about the personal and professional relationships between Cezanne, Van Gogh, and Gauguin
  • An understanding of their influence on the next generation of artists
  • A new appreciation for their masterpieces

Ideal for

  • Art enthusiasts
  • Aspiring and practicing arts professionals
NO open sections available for this course at the moment. Please check back next semester.