EXHIBITION ON SCREEN Season 6: Van Gogh & Japan

Holland, Japan, France | 2019 | 85 mins

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I envy the Japanese
Van Gogh

“I envy the Japanese” Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In this little known story of Van Gogh’s art we see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist we know of today.

In the exhibition on which this film is based on VAN GOGH & JAPAN at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam — one can see why. Though Vincent van Gogh never visited Japan it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction.

this film is less about Van Gogh’s interaction with another artistic tradition than about how he used it … to develop his own work
Andrew Pulver, The Guardian