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"Japanesque: The Japanese Print
in the Era of Impressionism"
— Oct 16, 2010 - Jan 9, 2011
Japanesque: The Japanese Print
in the Era of Impressionism
"Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism" exhibit introduces audiences to the development of the Japanese print over two centuries (1700–1900) and reveals its profound influence on Western art during the era of Impressionism.
The term "Japanesque" was first used in English in the mid 1880s to refer to the Japanese style or manner.
"Japanesque" features more than 250 prints, drawings, paintings, and artist’s books. The exhibit is divided into three sections:
- The Origin and Development
of the Japanese Color Woodcut
- The Aesthetic of Ukiyo-e Prints
- European Artists and Japanisme
View iconic images such as Hokusai's "The Great Wave" (Barry's favorite, pictured above) and "Fuji above the Lightning" from the series "36 Views of Mount Fuji " (1831–1834) — in addition to Hiroshige's "Precincts of the Tenjin Shrine at Kameido" (Alana's favorite; pictured top right of page) and "Plum Orchard" (pictured below), both from his famous series "One Hundred Famous Views of Edo" (1857).
This fascinating exhibit is presented in connection with the de Young exhibition ("Van Gogh, Gauguin, Cézanne and Beyond: Post Impressionist Masterpieces from the Musée d'Orsay") which features works by many artists who were profoundly influenced by Japanese prints.
Henri Rivière’s homage to Hokusai "Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower "(1902) is also featured (pictured above).
Elizabeth Colwell's "Sunset at Eagle Bay" (1910-1915), color woodcut on Japanese paper (picured above) is one of our favorite pieces in the exhibit — the delicate carving and utilization of bright colors indicate her appreciation of ukiyo-e landscape prints.
ALL 36 prints from the series "Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower" are currently on display at the Japanesque exhibit — and 31 of the 36 prints from the the series "36 Views of Mount Fuji" can be seen.
Don't miss this amazing exhibit — it's so interesting to see how our favorite Impressionist and Post Impressionist artists were so profoundly influenced by Japanese prints which were discovered in the 1860s.
FYI... the term "Impressionists" was born in 1874 — and today, Impressionism is recognized as one of the most important art movements in the 19th century.
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Popular subjects for color woodcuts, bridges feature prominently throughout Hiroshige's "One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo." Images of drum bridges like the one pictured above may have inspired Monet to build a similar bridge for the gardens at his home in Giverny (northwest of Paris) to feature it in his painting "The Water-Lily Pond" (1899), now in the National Gallery, London.
Sharaku's print (pictured above) is one from a set of 28 large, close-up portraits notable for the intense and expressive faces of the actors and the gray mica backgrounds on which they are placed — it is one of the most valuable pieces in the Japanesque exhibit.
Open six days a week,
Open July 4
Closed January 1, Thanksgiving Day,
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