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Japanese Prints: The Collection of Vincent van Gogh

Axel Rüger, Marije Vellekoop


Showcases and analyses highlights from Van Gogh’s collection of Japanese prints, exploring the key role they played in his creative output

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Here is a beautiful exploration of Van Gogh’s obsession with Japan, revealing a selection of the prints he owned himself (all from the Van Gogh Museum), side by side with his own paintings and sketches, including the Almond Blossoms masterpiece, The Courtesan, Plum Blossom and Bridge in the Rain. This opportunity to share Van Gogh’s vision lends us a compelling insight into one of the most powerful creative influences behind his art.

Vincent van Gogh fell under the spell of Japanese printmaking in Paris, where he purchased more than 600 prints from a dealer. He hung them in his studio, and they taught him a new way of looking at the world. Van Gogh liked the unusual spatial effects, the expanses of strong colour, the everyday subjects and the attention to details from nature. He was also keen to find a modern, more primitive kind of painting that engaged directly with the viewer. Japanese prints showed him the way, with nature still as his starting point.

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Book Details

Format: Hardback without Jacket

Size: 29.0 x 21.0 cm

Extent: 224 pp

Illustrations: 170

Publication date: 2 August 2018

ISBN: 9780500239896

Contents List

1. Foreword by Axel Rüger, director Van Gogh Museum • 2. Van Gogh’s collection of Japanese prints: from commodities to a study collection and utopian ideal, Louis van Tilborgh • 3. The Van Gogh Museum’s collection of Japanese prints: an analysis, Chris Uhlenbeck • 4. Popular Collectibles in Van Gogh’s Time: Japanese Crepe Prints, Shigeru Oikawa • 5. A selection of 130 Japanese prints from the Van Gogh Museum collection

About the Author

Axel Rüger is Director of the Van Gogh Museum.

Marije Vellekoop is the Van Gogh Museum’s Head of Collections, Research and Presentation.

List of Contributors

Chris Uhlenbeck, Louis van Tilborgh, Shigeru Oikawa