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Exhibition March 23 − June 24, 2018

Van Gogh and Japan

Vincent van Gogh created his own image of Japan, studying her art, collecting and copying engravings, discussing their aesthetics with other artists. Influenced by Japanese style it came to individual expressive language, standing on a par with contemporaries such as Emile Bernard and Paul Gauguin.

Exhibition"Van Gogh and Japan" completes your tour of the cities of the land of the Rising sun to the homeland of the artist in the Netherlands. The "face" of the exhibition was the Courtesan (1887), written explanation of the engravings of Casa of Eisen. To convey a sense of the imprint on the tree, van Gogh used bright colors and bold outlines. Around depicted a pond with cranes and frogs that has a symbolic meaning: the words grue (crane) and grenouille (frog) in French slang meant prostitutes.

The exhibition presents about sixty paintings and drawings by van Gogh, as well as a large collection of Japanese prints. The curators demonstrate the admiration that the painter felt for the Japanese art and the degree of influence that it has had on his work. Among the exhibits are exceptional loans from museums and private collections around the world, including "self-Portrait with bandaged ear" (1889) from London's Courtauld Gallery. This picture has not left the UK since 1955, and the Netherlands was not present from 1930.