The Easel

Van Gogh & Japan, Van Gogh Museum. Amsterdam

When he left Paris, Van Gogh was carrying hundreds of Japanese prints. For him Japan was “an unlikely dream masquerading as a happy possibility”. And, according to a show in Amsterdam, the art in these prints transformed his own art – Japanese adoration of colour, Japanese perspective, Japanese delicacy. “Japanese art turned Van Gogh into Van Gogh.”