These are just a few of the beautiful new pieces that Shibui will bring back from our buying trip in Japan. To see more, and follow the progress of our trip and the shipment back to the US, see www.facebook.com/ShibuiKotto/photos_albums

Shibui began it’s 2013 Japanese Buying Trip today with a visit to Atsuta Shrine near Nagoya.

On July 29, 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote his younger brother Theo, an art dealer in a Parisian gallery, that “if you know what a ‘mousmé’ is (you will know when you have read Loti’s Madame Chrysanthème), I have just painted one. It took me a whole week…but I had to reserve my mental energy to do the mousmé well.” Van Gogh’s literary source was a popular novel from the period, whose story of a French man’s affair with a Japanese girl reflected the French fascination with Japanese culture. One of the book’s protagonists, a young, pretty Japanese girl, was called a mousmé in the author’s parlance, which Van Gogh took as his inspiration for this portrait of a young Provençale girl. 
"La Mousmé" is in the Gallery’s collection: http://1.usa.gov/1d6Tf6a
Vincent van Gogh, “La Mousmé, ” 1888, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection, 1963

On July 29, 1888, Vincent van Gogh wrote his younger brother Theo, an art dealer in a Parisian gallery, that “if you know what a ‘mousmé’ is (you will know when you have read Loti’s Madame Chrysanthème), I have just painted one. It took me a whole week…but I had to reserve my mental energy to do the mousmé well.” Van Gogh’s literary source was a popular novel from the period, whose story of a French man’s affair with a Japanese girl reflected the French fascination with Japanese culture. One of the book’s protagonists, a young, pretty Japanese girl, was called a mousmé in the author’s parlance, which Van Gogh took as his inspiration for this portrait of a young Provençale girl.

"La Mousmé" is in the Gallery’s collection: http://1.usa.gov/1d6Tf6a

Vincent van Gogh, “La Mousmé, ” 1888, oil on canvas, Chester Dale Collection, 1963

Shibui is going to Japan to restock its shelves. Tell us what you want. Read about our trip and the associated promotion here.