Who Is Vincent Van Gogh's Japonism Influence Japanese Art?

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Japonism is the influence of Japanese art and aesthetics on the Western culture. Japonisme is specifically used when referring to the Japanese influence on European art. Japanese art influenced many European artists, including, Vincent Van Gogh and Paul Ranson. Ukiyo-e prints reached Europe in the 1800s. In Europe they became a source of inspiration for many impressionist painters. During the 1800s in France, there were exhibitions of Ukiyo-e art and it resulted in the growing popularity of Japanese style art all across Europe. The Ukiyo-e art pieces tended to have limited depth, emphasis on shapes, outlines, flat areas of color, and everyday subject matter. Those are factors which can be seen in European artist works such as Paul Ranson …show more content…
Van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in the Netherlands. Vincent moved to Paris for a couple years,where his art began to gain the style that would eventually make him famous. In Paris, he was discussing art with some of the most influential artists of his time, like Gauguin. He discovered that the dark palette he had developed before, was now out of style. He started using more color, applying the paint with thick, bold brushstrokes, and painted everyday things that were around him and that he saw. Van Gogh produced fourteen paintings of orchards in less than a month. This piece in particular is apart of a triptych. In the pieces he uses a lighter palette of paint than what he was used to. Van Gogh is known for his pointillism technique but in this work he is using a dashed stroke rather than a point. It was when in Paris, that Van Gogh discovered color and diversionist ideas. The divisionists ideas helped to create the distinctive dashed brushstrokes. His brushstrokes are more visible and adds to the texture of the work. The movement in the painting makes it seem as though you can see the leaves move a little with the wind. The most interesting part of this piece is that Van Gogh still used a lot of details in the trees in the background, almost as much as he used in the tree that is …show more content…
Paul Ranson was born in Limoges, France. He studied at the School of Decorative Art, before moving to Paris and transferring to the Académie Julian in 1886. In 1888 he met Paul Sérusier and a few other artist that he becomes good friends with. From 1890 he became a member and a creative leader of the Nabis group. “Nabis” in hebrew means prophet. The were given the name by a poet named Henri Cazalis, who called the group prophets of modern art. Like many of the Impressionists and Post Impressionists, they were inspired by the broad planes of unmediated color, thick outlines, and bold patterns that characterize Japanese art. The Nabis group tended to favour symbolism art. In “Nabis Landscape,” the name can lead a person to think that it has religious meaning. This simple composition has flat shapes, similar to ukiyo-e art. In this piece of art you can see a star and moon in the greenish colored sky above the mountains, a bearded figure within a dark bubble like shape; which could represent a prophet, then there is a bird in the top right that has a female on its back. It is believed that the prophet is a Hindu God named Rama and the female figure on top of the bird is Sita, his wife. On the back of the painting are the arabic letters that spell out "Nabi" meaning

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