"This book explores the history of Van Gogh's collection and analyses its composition and quality, and is accompanied by almost 150 illustrations of many of the prints he himself owned and which are now held in the Van Gogh Museum. These prints, by artists including Hiroshige, Kuniyoshi and Kunisada, lend us a compelling insight into one of the most powerful creative influences behind Van Gogh's art.Vincent van Gogh fell under the spell of Japanese woodblock prints during his stay in Paris, where Japanese art was the height of fashion. His initial motivation in purchasing the more than 600 prints he acquired was commercial. He hoped to deal in them, but the exhibition he organized at the café-restaurant Le Tambourin was a failure. However, Van Gogh now had the advantage of being able to study his collection at leisure, and slowly he became captivated by the prints' colourful, attractive and unusual imagery."--
Foreword / Axel Ruger and Marije Vellekoop -- 1. From stock-in-trade to constant solace / Louis van Tilborgh -- 2. History of the collection / Louis van Tilborgh and Chris Uhlenbeck -- 3. The Japanese prints of Vincent Van Gogh / Chris Uhlenbeck -- 4. Japanese Crepe Prints: Popular Collectibles in Van Gogh's Time / Shigeru Oikawa -- 5. Traditional Japanese printmaking technique / Chris Uhlenbeck - 6. Japanese prints collected by Vincent Van Gogh: a selection / The Japanese landscape - Women of the pleasure quarters - Tale of Genji - Warriors - Kabuki
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