Van Gogh & Japan

BUY TICKETS  7.30pm Tuesday 4 June

ART FILM by David Bickerstaff for Exhibition on Screen

Art film based on the exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam about the influence Japan had on the great artist’s work.

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 then 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.

Tickets: Full £11   Adult concessions £10   19-30 £8   18 & under £6
Running time: 1 hrs 27 mins
Doors open: 7pm
Certificate: PG – BBFC advice – contains suicide references