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Artist's love of Japan art cited

AMSTERDAM -- In the soft, clear light of Provence, France, Vincent van Gogh saw the crisp skies of Japanese woodcut prints. The almond blossoms, gnarled trees and irises that dotted the French landscape reminded him of nature scenes painted in Kyoto. In the locals at Arles cafes, he saw resonances with the geishas and Kabuki actors of a country he had never visited.

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