‘Van Gogh & Japan’ to be screened Jan. 28

January 11, 2020

For the fourth year, the Rehoboth Beach Film Society presents the Journeys in Art History film series featuring a new film each month, January through April.

The focus of the series is to introduce the works of history’s greatest painters and to provide opportunities to view blockbuster art exhibitions from galleries worldwide.

The first presentation, “Van Gogh & Japan,” will be screened at 1:30 p.m., Tuesday, Jan. 28, at the Cinema Art Theater in Lewes.

Though Van Gogh never visited Japan, it is the country that had the most profound influence on him and his art. One cannot understand Van Gogh 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.

Visiting the new galleries of Japanese art in Paris and then creating his own image of Japan – through in-depth research, print collecting and detailed discussions with other artists – Van Gogh’s encounter with Japanese artworks gave his work a new and exciting direction.

In this little-known story of Van Gogh’s art, viewers see just how important his study of Japan was. The film travels not only to France and the Netherlands but also to Japan to further explore the remarkable heritage that so affected Van Gogh and made him the artist people know of today.

Admission is $9 for members and $11 for nonmembers. For more information or to purchase tickets, go to or call 302-645-9095. Available seats will be sold at the door 30 minutes before starting time.


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