Victor Kasprowicz asks whether Van Gogh ever visited Japan. Read on for the answer.
Although Van Gogh called the Netherlands, Belgium, England and France home at certain times in his life, he never ventured huge distances on his travels. He didn’t have enough money to travel far outside of Europe, but he keenly followed any news that came from ‘outside’.
In Nuenen in 1884, Vincent wrote: ‘Many French and other painters profited by going to Algiers or Egypt, and I imagine that the Indies must produce somewhat similar effects. In the last few years, for instance, several painters went to China and Japan, and I saw very fine things from those countries.[…] Things are going quite well for me here in Brabant, anyway I find the countryside here very stimulating.’