Although Vincent van Gogh never went to Japan, he fell under the influence of its art while living in Paris. Ahead of a blockbuster new exhibition at the Van Gogh Museum, WILLIAM COOK discovers how the dynamic strokes of Japanese art seeped into the great painter’s late work.
Kelly Grovier looks at how the colour black has illuminated and concealed, from early cave drawings to the square that hid a racist message.
For centuries, the orange pigment was sourced from a toxic mineral. Kelly Grovier looks at a hue that alchemists believed was crucial to creating the Philosopher’s Stone – and which allows art to swivel between different states of being.