Thursday, March 31, 2011

Off to Japan - American Artists & Japonisme

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Japonisme, a French term also used in English, refers to the influence of the arts of Japan on those of the West. The word was first used by Jules Claretie in his book L'Art Francais en 1872. The widespread interest in all things Japanese--art, furnishings, costume, etc.--blossomed after the opening of Japan to Western trade in 1853-54. Western woman began adopting Japanese fashions & portrait painters were excited by the new color & patterns these costumes presented. The color harmonies, simple designs, asymmetrical compositions, & flat forms of Japanese wood block prints strongly influenced the composition of Impressionist & Post-Impressionist art.
Parasols, fans, kimonos, and even goldfish were staples of artists adopting some elements of Japonisme.

Japonisme. Edmund Charles Tarbell (1862 – 1938) Cutting Origami

Japonisme. Guy Rose (1867-1925) Blue Kimono

Japonisme. Robert Lewis Reid (1862-1939), Blue and Yellow

Japonisme. William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) Japanese Print 1898

Japonisme. William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) The Japanese Book 1900

Japonisme. William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) The Kimono 1895

Japonisme. William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) Blue Kimono 1798

Japonisme. William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) Girl in a Japanese Kimono

Japonisme. William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) Peonies 1897

Japonisme. William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) Study of a Girl in a Japanese Dress

Japonisme. William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) The Black Kimono

Japonisme. William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) Woman in Kimono Holding a Japanese Fan

Japonisme.William Merritt Chase (1849 - 1916) Study for Making Her Toilet 1892

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