The Van Gogh Museum’s Van Gogh & Japan is a major international exhibition about the influence of Japanese art on the work of Vincent van Gogh, running until 24 June 2018. Published today is an accompanying book entitled Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent van Gogh which provides an extraordinary overview of Van Gogh’s renowned collection of Japanese prints, which contained approximately 660 works.
Based on new research, the authors revise current thinking on Van Gogh: he did not purchase the prints in Paris for pleasure, the common assumption up until now, but instead acquired the prints with a view to trading them. The book also reveals how the vivid Japanese woodcuts by artists including Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Kunisada became one of the most powerful, creative sources of inspiration behind Van Gogh’s work, and how they played a pivotal role in his artistic direction.
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