Japonaiserie, Oiran, after Kesai Eisen

By Vincent van Gogh SKU:41560

"Van Gogh's 'Japonaiserie, Oiran, after Kesai Eisen' is a remarkable artwork created in 1887. Inspired by Japanese ukiyo-e prints, Van Gogh skillfully captures the essence of Japanese culture and aesthetics. This painting stands out due to its vibrant colors, intricate patterns, and the delicate portrayal of the Oiran, a high-class courtesan. Van Gogh's fascination with Japanese art and his ability to blend Eastern and Western influences make this piece special. It showcases his mastery in adapting a foreign style while infusing it with his unique artistic vision, resulting in a captivating and culturally significant work."

70 cm

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Vincent van Gogh’s “Japonaiserie, Oiran, after Kesai Eisen” is a remarkable painting that showcases the artist’s fascination with Japanese art and culture. Painted in 1887, it represents an important phase in van Gogh’s artistic development and his exploration of different styles and influences.

The term “Japonaiserie” refers to the Western fascination with Japanese art during the late 19th century, which had a profound impact on various artists of the time. Van Gogh was particularly drawn to the ukiyo-e woodblock prints created by Japanese artists such as Kesai Eisen. These prints often depicted geishas, courtesans, landscapes, and scenes from everyday life, capturing a sense of elegance and exoticism.

In “Japonaiserie, Oiran, after Kesai Eisen,” van Gogh reimagines Eisen’s original print, infusing it with his own unique style and interpretation. The painting portrays an oiran, a high-ranking courtesan in the Japanese tradition, depicted in a vibrant kimono with intricate patterns. Van Gogh’s use of bold and expressive brushwork, along with his vibrant color palette, brings the figure to life and adds a sense of energy to the composition.

This painting is considered special for several reasons. Firstly, it exemplifies van Gogh’s ability to assimilate and reinterpret different artistic traditions. By combining elements of Japanese art with his own distinct style, he created a piece that is both an homage to Eisen and a reflection of his own artistic vision.

Furthermore, “Japonaiserie, Oiran” represents a pivotal moment in van Gogh’s career. It marks a departure from his earlier somber and muted color palette, showcasing his increasing experimentation with brighter hues and more dynamic brushwork. The influence of Japanese art would continue to shape his work, leading to the development of his iconic style in the years to come.

Original size:
60.5 x 105.5 cm (width x height)
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Maximum order width:
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