Vincent van Gogh is one of the most famous artists of all time. His works are recognized all over the world, and his tormented life is an integral part of his notoriety.
In late 1880 van Gogh was obsessed by Japan and the japanese Ukiyo-e art.His greatest desire was to paint like a Japanese artist, to live like a Japanese monk and to work in a typical Japanese landscape. He found “his Japan” in Provence, or to be exact, in Arles. Thanks to the help from his brother and patron Theo who supported his work throughout his life, he arrived in the south of France. Van Gogh starts a period of vitality and optimism that is reflected in his artistic work. His palette became increasingly bright as he captured the sun and the southern light through an intense study of the color he loved most: yellow.
Vincent wrote to his brother Theo in one of his daily exchanges: “The light from the sun, in want of a better word can only be defined as yellow. Pale, sulfurous lemon or golden yellow. Yellow is beautiful!”