Van Gogh : Japanese engravings
Vincent is mesmerized with the Japanese engravings that he discovers in
Hiroschige, Hokukai and Reisei are his favourite three painters. Vincent
admires their simple compositions and the freshness which pervades those
bright shades and pure colour aplats.
Japonism is one of his main sources of inspiration. He will become a devoted
collector and will organize the first French (European?) exhibition of
Japanese engravings at the Tambourin cabaret in Paris.
That exhibition will be a financial failure but will influence many young
painters at the Cormon workshop.
Vincent will go on increasing his collection permanently, by going to
the Bings attic, an artdealer from the Far East and
will receive hundreds and hundreds of Japanese crepe papers in return.
In Paris as in Arles, he will decorate his bedroom and his workshop with
Japanese engravings. He wil make many copies of them.