Talks + Lectures

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VMFA Book Club: The Painter's Chair

Thu, Mar 26, 5:30 – 7 pm | Founder's Conference Room
Tracing the development of Colonial American portraiture, Hugh Howard introduces us to the “founding fathers of American painting”: Charles Willson Peale, John Trumbull, Benjamin West, and Gilbert Stuart. These painters' interactions with their most famous sitter, George Washington, allow the reader to develop a deeper understanding of what made early American painting unique and how these artists viewed their new country.
$8 (VMFA members $5)

Sunflowers and Still-life: From Monet through van Gogh to Gaugin

Fri, Mar 27, 6:30 – 7:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
This discussion traces the particular history of the sunflower still life. Dr. Richard Brettell, Margaret M. McDermott Distinguished Chair of Art and Aesthetic Studies, University of Texas, Dallas, explains how “Monet was the first great artist to stuff a bunch of recently cut sunflowers into a vase and paint it, . . . starting a condition that had its climax when van Gogh painted his first group of sunflowers in the summer of 1888.” Van Gogh, in turn, inspired Gauguin, who planted a garden in remote Tahiti in 1898 from which he harvested sunflowers to paint the most complex floral still life paintings of the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries.

$8 (VMFA members $5)

Educational programming for Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower is generously supported by The Robert Lehman Foundation.

The Japanese Landscape Through Prints: A Forum

Sat, Mar 28, 10 am – 3 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater
International speakers discuss the vibrancy and history of the Japanese landscape through prints, including the legacy of Kawase Hasui.

Scheduled speakers include:
-Dr. Ken Brown, professor of Asian Art History at California State University, Long Beach and Guest Curator of Water & Shadow: Kawase Hasui and Japanese Landscape Prints and author of studies of Hasui, the Shin-hanga movement and Japanese Art Deco

-Dr. Christine Guth, Senior Tutor History of Design, Royal College of Art, London

-Dr. Noriko Kuwahara, Associate Professor at Seitoku University, Chiba, Japan 

$10 (VMFA members $8)

Support provided by:
-Carolyn Hsu-Balcer and René Balcer
-E. Rhodes and Leona B. Carpenter Foundation
-The Japan Foundation



Garden Inspirations Lecture & Luncheon

Tue, Apr 28, 10 am – 1:30 pm | Leslie Cheek Theater & Marble Hall
In celebration of the exhibition, Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower, acclaimed author and interior designer Charlotte Moss discusses twenty-five years of creating a garden and influences along the way, including how gardens are incorporated throughout the home. Following the lecture, Ms. Moss will sign copies of her latest publication, Garden Inspirations. The event concludes with a luncheon in the Marble Hall.

10 – 11 am, Lecture, Leslie Cheek Theater
11 am – 12 pm, Book Signing, Conference Room 1
12 – 1:30 pm, Luncheon, Marble Hall

$70 (VMFA members $60), includes luncheon

To reserve tickets for groups of 10 or more at $58 per person, please contact Group Sales at or 804.340.1575.

Educational programming for Van Gogh, Manet, and Matisse: The Art of the Flower is generously supported by The Robert Lehman Foundation.