"Modern Japanese Art and Europe" Exhibition

Bridgestone Museum of Art

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Western-style painting in Japan from the Meiji period onwards developed by learning from Western art. However, shortly before many Japanese artists went abroad to study Western techniques and styles, a new expression influenced significantly by Japanese art was being born in the Europe of the late 19th century. It was known as Japonism.

Unexpected methods such as unconventional compositions and flat images as seen in ukiyo-e prints were very stimulating to the artists who had reached a deadlock in the traditional expressions in Western painting. European culture at the time was experiencing encounters and interplay with Japanese culture.

With a special focus on the influence of the West and Japan on each other, this exhibition, consisting of paintings housed in the Bridgestone Museum of Art and the Ishibashi Museum of Art, explores the stylistic development and the process of maturity in works by various artists from the Meiji to postwar period.

[Image: Takeji Fujishima "Sunrise over the Eastern Sea" (1932)]

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From 2010-01-26 To 2010-04-11

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