A busy programme of talks to compliment the exhibition Van Gogh and Britain: Pioneer Collectors, is launched on Thursday at Compton Verney, the art museum near Kineton in Warwickshire.
Martin Gayford talks about his new book The Yellow House, a study of the tempestuous relationship between Van Gogh and Gauguin when they were living together in Arles. Following the talk, he will sign copies of the book.
Collecting Van Gogh in Britain on April 27 is hosted by Martin Bailey, curator of the exhibition, who will reflect on the British pioneer collectors of the artist's work. The Compton Verney exhibition is unique in that it has uncovered extensive new research into the early popularity of the artist's work in Britain.
On May 4 there is a screening of the 1990 film Vincent and Theo with a talk by screenwriter Julian Mitchell on his approach to writing the script.
Van Gogh's Letters on May 6 offers a compelling insight into the life, work, relationships and emotions of one of the greatest painters in 20th-century art. The now famous letters are read, in a one-off performance, by the Dutch actor Ruben Brinkman, who played Van Gogh in the 2003 Olivier Award-winning play, Vincent in Brixton.
Modernity, Modernism and the Art of Memory (May 18) is a talk by Griselda Pollock of the University of Leeds. She will explore the cultural meanings of the legends created about Van Gogh's life and work. Her book Cities and Counties of Modernism: the Case against 'Van Gogh' will be published by Thamesand Hudson in 2007.
* All events start at 7pm, and admission costs £5 (£3.50 concessions).
For further information call 01926 645500 or visit www.comptonverney.org.uk