Van Gogh & Japan: Part 1

What did Van Gogh learn from Japanese prints? Vincent van Gogh and his brother Theo had an extensive collection of Japanese prints. I want to understand how Japanese art changed van Gogh’s painting. Van Gogh Museum states, “Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese printmaking played a decisive role in the direction he took as an artist….

Kojima Torajiro and His Patron

Self Portrait by Torajiro Kojima (1881 – 1929). Museum of Fine Arts in Ghent, Belgium, Torajirō Kojima [Public domain or CC BY-SA 4.0 (https://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-sa/4.0)%5D, from Wikimedia Commons   Japan Meets Modern Western Art Torajiro Kojima (1881-1929) was a Japanese artist who chose to use the same visual language as the Impressionists. After a course in Western…

Van Gogh & Japan: Part 2

Vincent van Gogh, Portrait of Julien Tanguy, 1887, Musée Rodin, Paris, source: wikimedia ‘Japonaiserie’ Begins The Convention of Kanagawa put an end to the 200-year-old Japanese foreign policy of Seclusion. and opened trade between Japan and the West. Artists like Manet, Degas and Monet, followed by Van Gogh, began to collect the cheap colour wood-block…