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Inspiration from Japan

‘And we wouldn’t be able to study Japanese art, it seems to me, without becoming much happier and more cheerful, and it makes us return to nature, despite our education and our work in a world of convention.’

Vincent van Gogh to his brother Theo, 23 or 24 September 1888

Japanese prints. The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

Japanese prints. The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

Japanese prints. The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

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This book explores the history of Van Gogh?s collection and analyses its composition and quality, and is accompanied by almost 150 illustrations of many of the prints he himself owned and which are now held in the Van Gogh Museum. These prints, by artists including Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Kunisada, lend us a compelling insight into one of the most powerful creative influences behind Van Gogh?s art.

Vincent van Gogh fell under the spell of Japanese woodblock prints during his stay in Paris, where Japanese art was the height of fashion. His initial motivation in purchasing the more than 600 prints he acquired was commercial. He hoped to deal in them, but the exhibition he organized at the café-restaurant Le Tambourin was a failure. However, Van Gogh now had the advantage of being able to study his collection at leisure, and slowly he became captivated by the prints? colourful, attractive and unusual imagery.

Specs

Language editions: Dutch and English. Hardcover, 224 pages. With 180 exquisite illustrations.

Article number:
325508
Brand:
Van Gogh Museum®
Length:
29.6 cm
Width:
21.5 cm
Height:
2.4 cm

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Vincent van Gogh discovered Japanese colour woodcuts (ukiyo-e) during his time in Paris, an encounter that would have a decisive impact on the development of his art in the years that followed. He bought hundreds of the prints at once and was soon captivated by their colourful and cheerful imagery and style. Gradually this enchanted world became Van Gogh’s main artistic reference point.

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