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Close Encounters Talk Series - The Question of Evil: Goethe, Faust, and Delacroix

Recorded: Wednesday, December 3, 2014
Marvin Gelber Print & Drawing Study Centre

In 1822, the French artist Eugène Delacroix created a series of eighteen dark, emotionally- charged lithographs to illustrate Johann Wolfgang von Goethe’s famous poem “Faust”. Goethe remarked that “Delacroix has surpassed my own vision.” As the story unfolds, a learned man grapples with issues of good and evil, and sells his soul to the devil in exchange for superhuman knowledge and power. Using Delacroix’s images, Claude Meurehg, from Regis College, University of Toronto, explores the concept of evil through the multi-faceted lenses of psychology, theology, literature and art.  

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