Van Gogh and the marbled paper

Van Gogh and the marbled paper

Few weeks ago I was in Amsterdam on the footprints of Flemish artists and the charm of the tulipmania.
I could not miss a visit to the Van Gogh Museum and it was really one of the highlights, perfectly enjoyable during the low tourist season.
One of the details that attracted me mostly was a diary, showcased in a dark corner of the museum.
The diary was kept next to a multimedia screen that showed the content of the notebook,  his sketches and a colorful “inpage”.


van gogh notebook


Van Gogh used it while he was in France in 1890. Do you notice any similarity with the Florentine marbled paper?
Marbled-paper making originated in the Orient, as early as the 10th century in China. A similar method called suminagashi also existed in Japan in the 12th century. In Europe, the art form arrived in the 17th century and became popular in France, Germany and Italy among bookbinders.
Today, it survives almost exclusively in FLORENCE, and it is still possible to watch a few artisans at work.

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