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Van Gogh & Japan
Van Gogh et le Japon
© Exhibition on Screen
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AUTEUR(S)-RÉALISATEUR(S)

David Bickerstaff

PRODUCTION / DIFFUSION

Exhibition on Screen

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Seventh Art Productions

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"J’envie les Japonais", écrivait Van Gogh à son frère, Théo. Grâce à l’exposition sur laquelle est basé ce film, Van Gogh et le Japon, au musée Van Gogh d’Amsterdam, on comprend pourquoi. Bien que Vincent Van Gogh n’ait jamais visité le Japon, il reste le pays qui a eu le plus d’influence sur lui et son œuvre. En se rendant dans les galeries d’art japonais à Paris et en créant sa propre image du Japon après des recherches approfondies, des collections d’estampes et de longues discussions avec d’autres artistes, la découverte des œuvres japonaises entraîna la carrière de Van Gogh dans une nouvelle direction très excitante.

“I envy the Japanese”  Van Gogh wrote to his brother Theo. In the exhibition on which this film is based – 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 and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas and, above all, Van Gogh. Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and thrn creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction.
After leaving Paris for the south of France – to what he thought of as near to a kind of Japan as he could find – the productive and yet troubled years that followed must all be seen in the context of Van Gogh bending Japanese influences to his will and defining himself as a modern artist with clear Asian precursors.
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.

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  • Le 5 Juin 2019