Arts Everyday Living: Van Gogh & the Art of Japan—White Buds of Spring

Vincent van Gogh, Japonaiserie: Flowering Plum Tree (after Hiroshige), 1887, oil on canvas, Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam, Netherlands

Just think of that; isn’t it almost a new religion that these Japanese teach us, who are so simple and live in nature as if they themselves were flowers?

Vincent van Gogh, letter to brother Theo, 9/24/1888

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