Lecture

Van Gogh under the Microscope: Investigating the "Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier)"

Van Gogh under the Microscope: Investigating the "Portrait of a Peasant (Patience Escalier)"

Date: Saturday, May 04, 2013
Time: 4:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Speakers: Devi Ormond, Associate Paintings Conservator, J. Paul Getty Museum and Lauren Bradley, Assistant Conservator, J. Paul Getty Museum
Type: Lecture

"You’ll shortly make the acquaintance of Mr. Patience Escalier," wrote Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo from Arles, in the south of France, on August 18, 1888, "a sort of man with a hoe, an old Camargue oxherd, who’s now a gardener at a farmstead in the Crau." Van Gogh’s depiction of a working man was not new to the artist; while living in Nuenen in Holland four years earlier, he had painted approximately 50 studies of peasant heads. Within that short time frame, the artist’s extraordinary talent becomes apparent in this painting of Mr. Escalier, in which he captures depth of character through color and technique. Devi Ormond and Lauren Bradley focus on their recent technical examination carried out at the Getty Museum on the Portrait of a Peasant, revealing it to be a work of art created through careful thought and deliberate choices, qualities not often associated with Van Gogh.


Theater | Free with admission | We encourage you to arrive no later than 3:00 p.m., when stickers for ensured seating are distributed in the Main Entrance gallery. Members enjoy early seating between 3:30 and 3:45 p.m.; general admission seating begins at 3:45 p.m.