Name: Japonaiserie Flowering Plum Tree (after Hiroshige)
Type: Canvas Print
Condition: Stretched (Ready to hang) or Rolled
Fresh Color Forever
Van Gogh was fascinated by Japanese art throughout his creative life. He read books about Japanese engraving when he returned to Holland. He acquires several such engravings in Antwerp and displays them in his atelier. Since then, he has developed a keen interest in this unusual form of creativity.
Van Gogh had a sizable collection of prints by the time he moved to Paris. Van Gogh’s work was heavily influenced by Japanese art. In his own work, he not only copied engravings but also imitated Japanese art. In many ways, this has influenced both the unique manner and perception of nature that distinguishes Van Gogh’s art.
A series of works by Japanese artist Utagawa Hiroshige inspired Van Gogh to create this painting. These artists’ works were among those in his collection. Van Gogh painted a blossoming plum garden with a massive trunk from a separate tree in the center of the composition. This is a traditional approach in Japanese art, where any part of the depicted landscape can be as important as the entire vast space. The use of warm and cool tones adds depth to the planar image, pushing minor details to the background.