When Vincent was in Paris he was greatly taken by Japanese wood block prints and in particular those by Hiroshige. This painting is a copy of one such print painted by Van Gogh in Paris in 1887. Vincent was drawn to the bold distinctive outlines and large areas of flat colour common in theses prints. GNAY is also a known user of these techniques. Could it be that  the spinning wheel of karma landed Hiroshige’s soul in Vincent on its way to me ? We shall see


February 17, 2015

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