“Japonisme in the Drawings and Paintings of Van Gogh" - Special lecture by Dr. Josine Smits
Florence Gould Theater
When Van Gogh arrived in Paris in 1886, he discovered in Japanese prints a key to avant-garde pictorial techniques. The bright colors and energetic lines of Japanese graphic art helped him to develop a daring personal style. But the attraction went beyond new means of expression. Van Gogh felt a kinship with the harmonious way of life and the reverential attitude toward nature he perceived in the woodblock prints of Hokusai and Hiroshige, and when he went to Arles in 1888 it was in search of his Japanese dream.
Josine Eikelenboom Smits, PhD, has taught 18th- and 19th-century art history at California College of the Arts, Stanford University, and U.C. Berkeley Extension. She received a master's degree from the Sorbonne and a doctorate from Stanford for a dissertation on Corot, on whom she has lectured at the Louvre. She studied the influence of ukiyo-e on the art of Van Gogh as a research scholar at Tokyo University.
We would like to thank the Consulate General of Japan in San Francisco for their generous support of the artist's studio.