Van Gogh and Japan: A Love Story
Courtesan (after Eisen), Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887 © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Van Gogh never once set foot in Japan, but his art was heavily influenced by certain Japanese works, such as those by Hiroshige and Hokusai. He collected their artwork and began by copying them, before gradually assimilating their style and creating his own vision of this singular aesthetic.
The ‘Van Gogh and Japan’ exhibition, that was held in Amsterdam, retraced this moment in the painter’s life, when he was living in Paris and had devoted himself fully to his new-found passion for Japanese works. So what’s on offer? His own masterpieces, as well as around a hundred paintings from his personal collection. It’s a real treasure trove.
Almond Blossom, Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Saint-Rémy-de-Provence, February 1890 © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige), Vincent van Gogh, October-November 1887 © Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear, Vincent van Gogh, 1889, The Samuel Courtauld Trust, The Courtauld Gallery, London
Japanese Art: a Major Influence on the Work of Monet
Claude Monet, the figurehead of the impressionist movement, was strongly influenced by Japanese art and was an admirer of the work of Hokusai.
Shiseido Revisits The Biggest Trends in Japanese Beauty from the Last 30 Years
More than just a cosmetics brand, the Japanese brand Shiseido is also renowned for its invaluable bi-annual analyses of trends in makeup and hair, conducting surveys twice a year.
The Four Leaves Villa, The House That Mirrors Nature
Located in the heart of the Karuizawa forest in Japan, the Four Leaves Villa, designed by architecture studio Kias, blends into the landscape.
Monet’s Garden Dazzles in One Thousand Colours in Japan
Although Claude Monet’s original garden is located in Giverny in France, a faithful replica can be found, surprisingly, in the Japanese village of Kitagawa.
Noriyuki Misawa Makes Shoes an Art in Their Own Right
Noriyuki Misawa soon became fascinated by leather shoes and decided to do an apprenticeship in Tokyo to become a shoemaker.