Indigo Blue Art
52B Temple Street, Singapore 058597
Phone: +65 6372 1719

09/12/2014 - 19:00hs
A 2 hs. Corcovado Arts Talk

SGD 50.00 (including GST)
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Japonisme: "The Influence of Japanese Prints on Western Modernism"

The opening of Japanese ports for trade with the west in the 1850s was to have a huge impact on western aesthetics. Japanese products, including porcelain, lacquer and countless object d’art flooded the markets of the modernising European cities, setting a craze for ‘things Japanese’. It was, above all, the inexpensive Japanese prints that took Europe by storm. With their simple lines, flattened perspective and unusual colour juxtapositions, the artists of the European avant garde began to apply the lessons they learned from Japanese prints to their own art making.

This lecture will look briefly at the historical context in which Japanese prints arrived in Europe, before looking in greater detail at the influence they had on artists such as Manet, Degas, Monet and Cassatt, for example, playing a crucial role in the development of Impressionism. It will then consider the continuing influence Japanese prints had on the Post-Impressionists, including van Gogh, Gauguin and Toulouse-Lautrec, as well as elsewhere in Europe, on Gustav Klimpt in Vienna, for example.

Throughout that lecture examples of western modernist art will be juxtaposed with Japanese prints to demonstrate the way European artists adopted and interpreted Japanese aesthetics. Reference will also be made to the influence on European print making, demonstrating the intimate relationship that developed between the artists of Japan and Europe.