Japan's impact on Van Gogh

Updated: Jul 05, 2019, 07:59 IST | Rushabh Doshi | Mumbai

A screening of a film will showcase how the arrival of Japanese art in Paris influenced the works of the painter

Here's something that people who aren't heavily invested in the art world might not know about. When Japanese art started filtering in to Paris in the 19th century, it had a profound impact on master painters like Claude Monet, Edgar Degas and, above all, Vincent Van Gogh. The Dutch genius never actually visited Japan. But thanks to the rounds he took of all the galleries in Paris that exhibited Japanese paintings, in-depth research, collecting prints and engaging in conversations with other artists, Van Gogh was able to recreate his own version of the Far Eastern country.

In fact, he later abandoned Paris for the south of France, since he was of the view that the region would be closer to what he imagined Japan to be. There, he bent Japanese influences to his will and defined himself as a modern artist with clear Asian predecessors. In that context, this particular influence on the master painter is of profound importance in studying his art.

Now, the screening of a British film — Van Gogh and Japan — will elucidate this relationship that the artist had with the country. Directed by David Bickerstaff, the narrative spans The Netherlands, Van Gogh's home country, France, and even Japan. Watch it to gain a deeper understanding of how the painter came to adopt the style he did, and what it was that made him such a timeless artist.

On July 9, 3 pm
At NCPA, Nariman Point.
Log on to bookmyshow.com
Cost Rs 400

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