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Virtual Van Gogh & Japonism

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Discover Vincent van Gogh & His Japanese Print Inspiration

About The Art Tour

Our two-hour art tour will give you the experience of the captivating evolution of Vincent van Gogh's artistic technique during his renowned "Japanese" phase from 1886 to 1888.  Witness the vibrant brushwork, bold colors, and unconventional compositions as you explore masterpieces such as "The Courtesan," "Flowering Plum Tree," "The Bedroom," and "Self-Portrait with Bandaged Ear." Engage with the dynamic energy and emotional intensity that define van Gogh's iconic style, shaped by his deep admiration for Japanese art. Join us for an enlightening journey.

Our Vincent van Gogh Experience is Live.

You will take a peek at his extensive collection of Japanese woodblock prints, known as ukiyo-e, and find out what he found so interesting.  Van Gogh collected and studied these prints, carefully analyzing their techniques and incorporating their stylistic elements into his own work.

One of the most famous examples of van Gogh's Japanese-inspired works is his series of paintings of flowering trees, including his renowned artwork "Almond Blossoms." These paintings reflect his fascination with Japanese cherry blossoms and draw inspiration from the delicate and graceful portrayal of nature found in Japanese art.

Almond Blossoms by Vincent van Gogh


Another notable example is his famous painting "The Bedroom." Van Gogh's depiction of the room with its simplified, almost abstract, furnishings and vibrant colors is reminiscent of the aesthetic found in Japanese prints.

The Bedroom by Vincent van Gogh

Van Gogh's collection of Japanese prints was not only a source of artistic inspiration but also a personal treasure. He carefully studied and categorized his prints, even creating a detailed inventory. He often shared his collection with other artists and friends, spreading his passion for Japanese art.

Guided Insights: A Conversation with Our Art Historian Expert.

As the virtual art tour concludes, all participants are cordially invited to partake in an optional chat led by our art historian expert. This engrossing discussion promises to further deepen your understanding and immersion, providing you with a truly engaging experience.

Join Us to Rediscover Joy with Vincent van Gogh.

Enriching Conversations Await: 

Stay for the optional post-tour discussion with our expert. Delve deeper into Vincent van Gogh's world, share your insights, and engage in thought-provoking conversations surrounded by his timeless artworks and pictures.

Essential Information for a Seamless Experience with Vincent van Gogh Paintings:

  • This artistic adventure unfolds via Zoom. Ensure you have the Zoom app downloaded on your chosen device.
  • A stable Wi-Fi connection is imperative for uninterrupted immersion.
  • Watch on your computer, tablet, iPhone, or TV for varying degrees of visual splendor.
  • Your Zoom link will be emailed on the morning of the tour. For assistance, reach out to our organizer.
  • Arrive early to troubleshoot any technical concerns, ensuring a glitch-free journey.
  • Need to reschedule? Email us in advance to transfer your ticket to a preferred date.

Experience Vincent van Gogh in Real-Time: Please note that our tours are live and not recorded, respecting the copyrights of the showcased artworks. Immerse yourself in the authenticity of van Gogh's creations and discover the depth of his art through exquisite pictures.

Elevate your artistic awareness with this unparalleled virtual encounter. Reserve your spot now for a transformative journey through the artistic tapestries of van Gogh's world, enriched with captivating images of his artistry.

Your Tour Guide: Deniz Martinez 

Deniz Martinez

Deniz is an independent scholar, educator, and freelance writer who currently resides in Pennsylvania. She holds both an M.A. degree in Art History & Visual Culture from Lindenwood University as well as an M.S. degree in Environmental Science with a Fish & Wildlife concentration from American Public University. Her research is focused on investigating intersections of natural history with art and visual culture history via animal iconography. She has presented at academic conferences including SECAC and the History of Science Society and has published in peer-reviewed journals including The Confluence and Archives of Natural History. Additionally, she runs Art History Animalia, a website and associated social media dedicated to animals in world art and visual culture from ancient to modern times. Deniz also enjoys teaching K-12 students online via Outschool, and even has a class all about the animals in the works of her favorite artist, Vincent Van Gogh!

Your Tour Guide: Barclay Schraff

 Barclay Schraff


Barclay pursued continuing education for adults at both Georgetown University in Washington, D.C., and the Schemer Art Center in Phoenix. Following the completion of a B.A. in art history at Williams College, Barclay went on to obtain a master's degree in the Art History from UMASS, Amherst.

In their role at the National Gallery of Art in Washington, D.C., Barclay contributed to the creation of a comprehensive catalog of the permanent collection. Eventually, Barclay advanced to the position of Senior Editor for the Micro Gallery, a system designed to provide interactive information and educational resources to visitors.

 Your Tour Guide: Nancy Gladwell

Nancy Gladwell


Nancy Peel Gladwell has been an active artist, working in CT for over 40 years. After earning a BFA from George Washington U, Gladwell continued her studies in Florence, Italy, at the Academia delle Belle Arte. After returning to the states, Gladwell joined the greater New York Gallery scene exhibiting her work and began teaching art at CW Post, Long Island University. She earned her MFA at Harford Art School, University of Hartford. She taught at Lyme Academy College of Fine Art as Associate Professor for 28 years, and now at the University of New Haven as an adjunct. As a young student, Gladwell was seduced by the great Renaissance genre of narrative art and a cornerstone of the Humanist movement. Bringing this artistic vernacular into the contemporary dialog continues to be a passion for this artist. Her fascination with color relationships and its subliminal effects has led her through a deep investigation of the emotional richness contained in this element’s subtle relationships. It is her passion to bring the mystery of art to all to deepen our human awareness.

Contribution Sources

  • Clarence Buckingham Collection
  • Courtauld Gallery London
  • Hermitage Museum, Saint Petersburg, Russia
  • Kröller-Müller Museum, Otterlo, Netherlands
  • Kunstmuseum Basel, Basel, Switzerland
  • McNay Art Museum, San Antonio
  • Metropolitan MuseumNew York
  • Musée d'Orsay, Paris, France
  • Musée Rodin, Paris, France
  • Private Collections
  • The Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum
  • University of Wisconsin-Madison
  • Van Gogh Museum, Amsterdam
  • Wallraf-Richartz Museum, Cologne, Germany

  • Affordable Access

    In today's digital age, virtual visits offer a cost-effective alternative to traditional travel, especially when it comes to exploring international art collections. Traveling to a physical location, particularly overseas, can be a significant financial undertaking. Between airfare, accommodation, and other travel-related expenses, the costs can quickly add up. Moreover, gaining access to some of the world's most renowned art collections can come with a hefty price tag, sometimes amounting to hundreds before entering the building. Beyond the monetary considerations, there's also the unpredictability of the art world. Imagine making the journey only to discover that the specific piece or artist's work you were eager to see is temporarily on loan to another institution. Such scenarios can be disappointing, to say the least. Recognizing these challenges, we have taken the initiative to compile a diverse range of paintings from various sources. Our digital collections ensure that art enthusiasts can access and enjoy these masterpieces without the constraints of geography, cost, or availability.

  • Our People Are One of A Kind

    Our guides are not just casual enthusiasts; they are dedicated professionals who have invested significant time and effort in educational institutions to hone their skills and knowledge. As art historians, they have delved deep into the intricacies of art history, ensuring that they are not only well-versed but also influential voices in their field. Their passion for art is evident in their obsession with renowned artists, many of whom might be your favorites. They don't just study these artists; they immerse themselves in their works, stories, and legacies. This dedication and enthusiasm translate into engaging conversations when they discuss our collection of paintings. When you interact with our guides, you're not just getting a tour; you're getting a rich, informative, and passionate discourse on art.

  • Our Tickets Are Easy to Manage

    Purchasing tickets for our art tours is not just a transaction; it's a commitment to an enriching experience. We understand that sometimes plans change or unforeseen circumstances arise. That's why we've made our ticketing process as flexible and user-friendly as possible. If you ever find yourself needing to reschedule your tour, there's no need to fret. Simply reach out to us before the scheduled start of the art tour, and we'll assist you in moving your booking to a new date that suits you better. Our primary goal is to ensure that you have a seamless and enjoyable experience, so we've designed our ticket management system with your convenience in mind.