Last week I made a trip to Amsterdam and discovered the little Japanese things hidden behind Dutch paintings and coffee shops.
Van Gogh, for example, was inspired by the composition, use of colors and perspective of ukiyoe. First, he explicitly introduced Japanese elements in his paintings. At that time, European artists were very fond of Japanese prints. The Van Gogh brothers started a collection of ukiyoe.
Funny is that he copied the characters as well.
Japanese influences are still visible in his later work. An interesting read about the link between Van Gogh and Japan you can find on Sequins and Cherry Blossoms.
At the Rijksmuseum, I found some Japanese inspired works as well. There was a section about historical Japan-Dutch relations, and an Asian pavilion.
A maquette of Deshima, the island on which only the Dutch were permitted to stay during the Edo period. A bridge connected this trading post with Nagasaki.
Cornelius Tromp had an impressive collection of weapons. The lances were made on Tanegashima island.
A temple guard from the 14th century.
The shrimp on the kimono is a pun on the name of the wearer, actor Ichikawa Ebizo. (ebi = shrimp)