Van Gogh and Japan

Van Gogh and Japan

Book - 2018
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Vincent van Gogh's (1853-1890) encounter with Japanese ukiyo-e prints during his time in Paris was decisive for the direction that his art would take in the years to come. He enthusiastically assembled a collection of the prints with the idea of dealing in them, and soon was captivated by their colorful and cheerful imagery and style, which began to exert a dramatic influence on his own work. Gradually this enchanted world became his main artistic reference point. From then on, he positioned himself as an artist in the Japanese tradition in order to gain a reputation with the avant-garde of the day. 0This gorgeous publication offers a detailed reassessment of the impact Japanese printmaking had on Van Gogh's creative output. Featuring essays by the world's leading Van Gogh experts, this book details the ways in which the artist constructed his understanding of a Japanese aesthetic and his utopian ideal of a so-called primitive society, and incorporated these into his own vision and practice. The size, nature, and importance of Van Gogh's own collection of Japanese prints are also explored. Lavish illustrations include oil paintings and drawings by Van Gogh as well as a selection of the Japanese works that so captured his imagination.00Exhibition: Hokkaido Museum of Modern Art, Sapporo, Japan (26.08.-15.10.2017) / Metropolitan Art Museum, Tokyo, Japan (24.10.2017-08.01.2018) / National Museum of Modern Art, Kyoto, Japan (20.01.-04.03.2018) / Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, The Netherlands (23.03.-24.06.2018).
Publisher: Brussel : Mercatorfonds N.V., 2018.
ISBN: 9789462301993
Branch Call Number: 759.79492 GOGH
Characteristics: 200 pages : illustrations ; 31 cm


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