CNN Syle | By Abigail R. Esman

Vincent van Gogh is often called the most beloved artist of all time, his work influencing authors, filmmakers, designers and countless other artists who succeeded him. Now, a major exhibition is exploring the Japanese art and ideas that inspired the master himself. On view at the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam, “Van Gogh And Japan” examines the connection that the painter felt to Japan and its printmaking. Although he only discovered the art form in the latter years of his short life, it profoundly shaped his art — and led to many of his greatest masterpieces.

The exhibition features 60 paintings and drawings by the Dutch artist alongside 50 Japanese prints from the era, including several from Van Gogh’s own extensive private collection which was largely amassed when he lived in Paris between 1886 and 1888. Together, they offer fascinating insights into Van Gogh’s vision and artistry while allowing visitors a chance to see and better understand the Japanese aesthetics that so excited him…read more

Image: Van Gogh’s 1890 painting “Almond Blossom” nod to the traditions of Japanese printmaking.