Sunday Music – ‘More music’: harmony and tonality in van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear

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Free with Gallery admission

The Courtauld Gallery, Somerset House, Strand, London

Sun 14 Feb, 2021

Van Gogh’s Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear is one of his most iconic works, and a jewel of The Courtauld Gallery’s collection. To celebrate this remarkable painting before it goes on loan, this additional Sunday Music programme explores the music and writing discussed in the painter’s letters immediately preceding and after the moment of his self-mutilation.

Van Gogh frequently compared his use of colour to subtle harmony and tonality of contemporary music, of which Wagner, Berlioz, and the older Beethoven were of central importance to him. Join us for readings of van Gogh’s letters, and work by Baudelaire and Maupassant, as we explore the intersections of his painting and orchestral repertoire, played through recordings.

Curated by Dr Charlotte de Mille