Christa DiMarco to Examine the Baudelairean Aesthetics of Van Gogh’s “Patch of Grass”

vangoghpatchofgrassChrista DiMarco, associate professor in the Liberal Arts Division, The University of the Arts, Philadelphia, will discuss Charles Baudelaire’s ideals and locate Vincent van Gogh’s artistic development within the critic’s aesthetic on Wednesday, November 9, at 1:10 pm in the W. T. Bandy Center on the 8th floor of the Heard Library. Her lecture, “The Baudelairean Aesthetics of Vincent van Gogh’s Patch of Grass,” is sponsored by the W.T. Bandy Center for Baudelaire and Modern French Studies and the department of French and Italian.

DiMarco teaches nineteenth-century art history and interdisciplinary humanities courses at The University of the Arts. In her current research project, she explores Van Gogh’s two-year stay in Montmartre, where he lived before heading to Arles. In the context of a burgeoning Parisian art market, she considers how avant-garde artists and critics informed Van Gogh’s painterly approach, and she establishes the early Symbolist pictorial methods evident in the artist’s paintings.

DiMarco is the recipient of a research fellowship at the W.T. Bandy Center, and her lecture is free and open to the public. For more information, contact

Vincent van Gogh, Patch of Grass, April-June 1887, oil on canvas, 30.8 x 39.7 cm, Kröller-Müller Museum, The Netherlands.

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