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This is a quick thank-you note to FLIPPANTLY FLORIDA for bothering to post On The Tōkaidō with a picture of the 36th Station from Hiroshige’s travel series, The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō (see previous post). 

As it turns out, van Gogh and his brother, Theo, were avid collectors of his work.

During his time in Paris, Vincent van Gogh was an avid collector of ukiyo-e, amassing with his brother a collection of several hundred prints purchased in the gallery of S. Bing. This collection included works from The Fifty-Three Stations of the Tōkaidō. 

Vincent van Gogh, The Blooming Plum Tree (after Hiroshige), 1887.

Vincent van Gogh, The Blooming Plum Tree (after Hiroshige), 1887.

Van Gogh incorporated stylistic elements from his collection into his own work, such as bright colors, natural details, and unconventional perspectives [such as van Gogh’s watercolor of The Night Cafe].

In his personal correspondence, he stated, “…all of my work is founded on Japanese art…”, and described the Impressionists as “the Japanese of France”.


NOTE: I guess the bolded Wiki quote is a pretty cool segue to the next post. Thanks again to FLIPPANTLY FLORIDA.