Imaginative Meeting Point Between Gogh & Japonism

If somebody ask who would be the most talented artist to me, then answer ‘Pablo Picaso’. If somebody ask who would be the most be loved painter, then it would be answered ‘Van Goch(1853-1890)’ without any hesitation. If somebody ask what would be the most favorite to do in New York, then would be answered ‘going to MoMa to see the ‘Starry Night by Vangogh’. If somebody ask which country would be unreasonably interesting, then would be answered ‘Japan’. Well, I know well all their correlation built in my own might be kitsch!

Kawabata Yasunari, Japanese Novelist (1899– 1972), Nobel Prize Winner of Literature as the first Japanese novelist. (Photo from Nobelprize Homepage)



But it might be something ‘sparked’ on the brain at some point between Gogh’s imagination and the Japanese cultural trait. Particularly faced to seeing the Gogh’s self portrait with bandaged ear, rather, it remind me  Japanese novelist awarded Novel Prize in 1968, Kawabata Yasunari (1899-1972)”s life and his works. Or even possibly Gogh remind the Japanese Samurai’s graceful suicide ritual ‘Seppuku’.


Japanese Samurai’s Seppuku tradition for Suicide (photo from wikimedia)



There are many of scenarios  why Van Goch and Yasunari committed suicide but the only themselves would’ve known why they had done. Nobody knows but there is one thing clear, that would be, suicide would be the ultimate choice artists pretty often to make themselves most comfortable although it might be horrible imagination and manners to ordinary people.




What would if there ‘s some meeting point between Van Gogh and Japonism? What would’ve attract strongly Gogh to be enthusiastic in Japanese? I assume it might have been the crazy maniac trait like Otaku condition which get people situated in the realm of the core between life and death.

Starry Night by Van Gogh (1889), Oil Painting


About Kawabata Yasunari..

kawabata yasunari, Japanese Novelist awarded Nobel Prize.

Yasunari Kawabata, Japanese novelist, was born in 1899 in Osaka.  From 1920 to 1924, Kawabata studied at the Tokyo Imperial University, where he received his degree.

He was one of the founders of the publication Bungei Jidai, the medium of a new movement in modern Japanese literature. Kawabata’s representative works are Izu dancer(1927), Snow Country(1937), the serials Thousand Cranes and The Sound of the Mountain, he became a member of the Art Academy of Japan in 1953 and four years later he was appointed chairman of the P.E.N. Club of Japan.

At several international congresses Kawabata was the Japanese delegate for this club. The Lake (1955), The Sleeping Beauty (1960) and The Old Capital (1962) belong to his later works, and of these novels, The Old Capital is the one that made the deepest impression in the author’s native country and abroad. In 1959, Kawabata received the Goethe-medal in Frankfurt.

Yasunari Kawabata died in 1972 (suicide).

See the full Bio of Kawabata Yasunari at the Nobel Prize Homepage, Click!


The Great Wave off Kanagawa (1829–1832), Ukiyo-e, ‎Katsushika Hokusai


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