Program Explores Spirituality, Art of Van Gogh

By Pohl, Laura Zahn | Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL), June 27, 1998 | Go to article overview

Program Explores Spirituality, Art of Van Gogh


Pohl, Laura Zahn, Daily Herald (Arlington Heights, IL)


Byline: Laura Zahn Pohl Daily Herald Correspondent

The relationship of spirituality to the art of Vincent van Gogh will be presented in two separate programs at the Cenacle Retreat House in Warrenville.

A visiting Jesuit priest from the Netherlands, the Rev. Hans Koenen, will share his expertise and fascination with art and spiritual life.

Koenen comes to Cenacle Retreat House regularly to lead retreats on Zen meditation, said Sister Pam Matlosz, organizer for the event.

"This is the first time he'll be conducting programs here on art," she said.

Vincent van Gogh, the famous Dutch painter, grew up in a deeply religious family and attempted to work as a minister.

Later in life, he suffered from mental illness and committed suicide at the age of 37. Among his most well-known paintings are "The Potato Eaters" (1885) and "The Starry Night" (1889).

Interested participants can choose from two different formats for the van Gogh program.

On Wednesday, Koenen will present a lecture from 7 p.m. to 9 p.m. It will include slides, the letters of van Gogh and his connection to Zen.

On July 8, Koenen will expand the content to a full-day presentation. …

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