Van Gogh and Japan: A Love Story
Courtesan (after Eisen), Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887, oil on canvas, 100.7 cm x 60.7 cm. ©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, oil on canvas, 73.3 cm x 92.4 cm. ©Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
Bridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige), Vincent van Gogh, October-November 1887, oil on canvas, 73.3 cm x 53.8 cm. ©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.
Sogetsu: The Future of Ikebana?
It’s an assumed fact that art likes to be in a vacuum and tends to resist technical progress. It would seem fair to wonder, then, whether Ikebana is slightly past its prime. However, this form of flow
Yumi Nakamura, Copper Kettle Expert
Born in Saitama prefecture in 1981, Yumi Nakamura strongly believes that objects should be both stylish and functional. She uses the hammering technique.
The Designer Turning Food Waste into Tableware
The circle is complete. Thanks to Japanese designer Kosuke Araki, you can eat your vegetables off a plate that’s 100% plant-based, having been made from food waste.
What’s this Japanese Designer’s Secret? Candle-lanterns.
It’s a clever design, inspired by the traditional Japanese paper lanterns (chouchin) often found outside houses and at doors.
Masahiro, Eternal Gin Producer
Situated in the south of the Japanese archipelago, Okinawa is known for the impressive life expectancy of its residents.