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Japonisme: the art of dissemination and cross-fertilization

By Béa Aaronson

What is Japonisme? It is a French term that was first used by Jules Claretie in his book L’Art Francais en 1872. It refers to the influence of Japanese art on Western art. Influence? I would rather say “frenzy” or “upheaval.” The artists of the Far East had a completely new aesthetic approach, which not only marked a break with Western painting convention, but enthralled Western artists and energized them to change the face of Western Art forever. This great wave of Japanese artistic energy swept through Europe in the 1880s and 1890s.

Wed, Aug 1, 4:30pm
La Casa Verde
Prolongación de Pila Seca 65C
120 pesos

After a brief yet substantial Japanese historical background, and an introduction to the Japanese art of Manga, Ukiyo-e and Nishiki-e, through the works of Hokusai, Hiroshige, Utamaro (to name but a few), we shall then look closely at all sorts of applied arts (ceramics, glassware, textiles, wallpaper, book covers, fonts, furniture, etc…) which definitely exude a Japanese flavor, the art nouveau flavor! And of course look at the work of Manet, Renoir, Degas, Caillebotte, Cézanne, Monet, Mary Cassatt, Vuillard, Bonnard, Toulouse Lautrec, Van Gogh and Gauguin. They all drank at the source of Japanese art. The Impressionist and Post-Impressionist revolutions would not have taken place without the Japanese creative energy.

With hundreds of illustrations I invite you to this feast of dissemination and cross-fertilization. One of the better facets of our human adventure!

Please make your reservations early as seats tend to go very rapidly, 152 5237 or A 6:30pm lecture will be given when the 4:30 one is full.

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