VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam

23rd March – 24th June.

When living in Paris, Van Gogh fell under the spell of Japan. It would give his work a new direction. In the exhibition Van Gogh & Japan you can discover how Van Gogh bent the Japanese example to his own will.

Van Gogh never went to Japan. He created his own image of the country thanks to the Japanese prints he eagerly collected and closely studied. The colourful and exotic images greatly inspired him. Van Gogh started to copy Japanese prints to better understand them. Doing so, he developed a ‘Japanese eye’ that would give his work a new direction. What was this Japanese way of looking? Discover more in the exhibition Van Gogh & Japan.