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E.A. Hornel and Vincent van Gogh: Western Eyes on an Eastern Shore

This event has been cancelled

In order to help protect the health of our staff and visitors during this difficult time, we have closed all of our Galleries.

Scottish National Gallery Hawthornden Lecture Theatre
  • Wednesday 29 April, 6.30-8.30pm
£ 14.00


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One of the many properties that the National Trust for Scotland cares for is the home of artist Edward Atkinson Hornel, Broughton House in Kirkcudbright. Amongst its many treasures is a vast collection of photographs that Hornel used throughout his career, in effect as preparatory studies for his finished paintings. In this talk Dr Jennifer Melville, Head of Curatorial and Conservation Services, National Trust for Scotland, explores Hornel's visit to Japan in 1893-94 and touches on the problematic nature of the photographs that Hornel took and collected while in Japan. She explores how the craze for Japanese Ukiyo-e woodcut prints inspired Hornel and Vincent van Gogh when they were both studying in Antwerp in the mid-1880s and argues that Hornel's Japanese paintings were inspired as much by Van Gogh's ground-breaking art as by what he actually saw and experienced in Japan.

EA Hornel, Two Geishas, 1921-25. Collection: The National Trust for Scotland, Broughton House and Garden

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