Tuesday, September 22, 2009


Japonism - a french term which is used to describe the influence of the arts of Japan on those of the West, especially in impressionism. 

Van Gogh - Portrait of Père Tanguy
Example of ukiy-e (wood block prints
influence in Western art (1887-1888) 

Van Gogh only made a handful of paintings with direct Japanese influences. However, he had collected thousands of prints, from which to study. Notice the two courtesans flanking Tanguy on either side, and the image of Mt. Fuji hovering above his head. Immediately, I could see that this painting was a Van Gogh by the use of color and heavy brush strokes. 

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