Directed by David Bickerstaff (UK, 2019, 85 min.). Digital.
One cannot understand Impressionism and its aftermath without understanding how Japanese art arrived in Paris in the middle of the 19th century, and the profound impact it had on artists like Monet, Degas, and, above all, Van Gogh. The artist’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction, prompting him to leave Paris for the south of France, which he thought of as the closest thing to Japan that he could find. What followed were some of Van Gogh’s most productive yet troubled years, during which he defined himself as a modern artist with Asian precursors.