Cultural Screening: Van Gogh & Japan

Friday, August 30, 2019 | 12:13 PM


The Tull Family Theater will host the Cultural Screening, Van Gogh & Japan, which reveals the impact of traditional woodblock prints on Van Gogh’s work, on Thursday, Sept. 5, at 7:30 pm. and on Sunday, Sept. 15, at 12:00.

Van Gogh & Japan is “an illuminating film about Vincent van Gogh’s interest in Japanese art, and how it influenced and affected his own work,” declares the UK’s Guardian. Based on a show in Amsterdam last year, this new film shows how Van Gogh, as many contemporary artists, was “obsessed” with Japanese print-making, “a growing cultural force in France in the second half of the 19th century.”
“Much stress is laid on the way in which Van Gogh incorporated his borrowings into his own personal style–in the end, this film is less about Van Gogh’s interaction with another artistic tradition than about how he used it as an intellectual prop to develop his own work,” the Guardian continues. “The fact that, after his death, his work achieved considerable popularity in Japan in the 1920s partly on the strength of a translation of Van Gogh’s famous letters to his brother, which extolled Japanese art at length–would hopefully have proved a consolation to an artist who failed to achieve success in his own lifetime.”

Tickets at www.thetullfamilytheater.org.