BRIDGE IN THE RAIN (TO HIROSHIGE)
Vincent van Gogh (1853 - 1890), Paris, October-November 1887
Original: oil on canvas, 53.8 x 73.3 cm wxh
Van Gogh had a great love for Japanese woodcuts with their bright colors and special compositions. He based this painting of a bridge in the rain on a print by the famous artist Utagawa Hiroshige. However, Van Gogh made the colors more intense than in the original. He painted the scene on a standard size canvas. Because he wanted to maintain the proportions of the print, an edge remained. He filled these with Japanese characters, which he copied from other prints.
Interesting, read more about how Vincent was inspired by the Japanese prints here on the website of the Van Gogh Museum.
“And I don't think you can study Japanese art without becoming much happier and happier and it makes us return to nature, despite our upbringing and our work in a world full of conventions,” Vincent wrote to his brother Theo on 23 or 24 Sep 1888
This masterpiece by Vincent van Gogh can be seen in the Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Read more about the life and work of Vincent van Gogh on his painter page.
Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam (Vincent van Gogh Foundation)
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