Van Gogh and Japan
85 minutes, 2019
In English and Dutch with English subtitles
“I envy the Japanese,” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based -VAN GOGH AND JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam -one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan, the country had a profound influence on him and his art.
In order to thoroughly understand Van Gogh it is good to know how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century and its arrival had a strong impact on artist like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan-through in-depth research, print collecting, and detailed discussions with other artists- Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction.
This film, directed by, David Bickerstaff, travels to France, the Netherlands and Japan to illustrate the remarkable influence Japanese heritage had on Van Gogh and other artists in Europe.