Vincent van Gogh is generally considered to be one of the greatest Dutch painters of all time. His work exerted a powerful influence on the development of much modern painting, in particular on fauvism and German expressionism. The striking color, emphatic brushwork, and contoured forms of his work are wholly unique, visually captivating, emotionally stimulating, and widely collected. Paul Gauguin, both a friend to and enemy of Van Gogh, sought to achieve a primitive expression of spiritual and emotional states in his work, largely through overlapping planes of color. His influence on modern art was wide and varied. Gauguin possessed an exceptional vision, tirelessly experimenting with new styles and approaches. This class will explore the lives, legends, and works of both artists.