Van Gogh & Japan
“All my work is based to some extent on Japanese art…” These are the words of Vincent Van Gogh, who at first did not pay a great deal of attention to Japonisme. However, when he moved to Paris and began to modernize his artistic style, he saw Japanese prints as examples for his own work, and as equals to the masterpieces of Western art history. Eventually, he would incorporate Japanese elements – bold color, stylization, and a flattening of perspective – into his paintings. Not only does this exhibit explore Japan’s influence on Van Gogh, it also details the gravitational pull that the tormented artist had on generations of Japanese art enthusiasts.
Image: Vincent van Gogh, The Sower, 1888, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)