You can trust authors Steven Naifeh and Gregory White Smith to know about artists; the pair won the Pulitzer Prize for their 1991 biography Jackson Pollock: An American Saga. So when they take the stage today to discuss their latest book in Authors Talk: Van Gogh: The Life, you know you’ll be getting the real story behind one of the most famous artists who ever lived. The Dutch impressionist is famous not only for his work, but also for his raucous personal life. He spent some time working as an art dealer, like his brother, and then went on to the pulpit, before turning to painting full time. But for all his genius, Van Gogh was troubled by bouts of mental illness and is thought to have eventually committed suicide. Naifeh and Smith will discuss that and much, much more at today’s lecture. 6:30 p.m. Museum of Fine Arts, Houston, 1001 Bissonnet. For information, call 713‑639-7300 or visit www.mfah.org. Free.
Thu., Dec. 15, 2011