Japanese influence on Van Gogh
Van Gogh was one of the most passionate collectors, and studiers of Japanese art. He and his brother, Theo Van Gogh, systematically collected hundreds of Japanese wood block prints, ukiyo-e, a Japanese tradition of woodblock printing that reflected the social events, everyday life, and traditions of modern period Japan. Staying in Paris at the time, Van Gogh felt the dullness of Parisian life, and saw the urge of moving to somewhere else. Arles was the place he finally decided, as he wanted to go to somewhere close to Japan.
Personally, Van Gogh has never been to Japan, and all of his understandings of Japan come from his studies of woodblock pri...