Japonisme: Japan and the Birth of Modern Art

Art, Galleries NGV International , Southbank Until Sunday October 28 2018 Free
 (Utagawa Hiroshige II 'Nakanocho in the Yoshiwara' 1862)
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Utagawa Hiroshige II 'Nakanocho in the Yoshiwara' 1862
 (Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Divan Japonais' 1893)
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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec 'Divan Japonais' 1893
 (Christopher Dresser (designer); Hukin & Heath (manufacturer) 'Tea service' 1879)
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Christopher Dresser (designer); Hukin & Heath (manufacturer) 'Tea service' 1879
 (Camille Pissarro 'Boulevard Montmartre, morning, cloudy weather' 1897)
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Camille Pissarro 'Boulevard Montmartre, morning, cloudy weather' 1897
 (Louis Comfort Tiffany (designer); Tiffany Furnances (manufacturer), 'Jack-in-the-pulpit', vase c. 1913 )
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Louis Comfort Tiffany (designer); Tiffany Furnances (manufacturer), 'Jack-in-the-pulpit', vase c. 1913     
 (Murray Griffin 'Magpies' 1932 )
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Murray Griffin 'Magpies' 1932
 (Carlo Bugatti, Throne c. 1890–1900)
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Carlo Bugatti, Throne c. 1890–1900
 (E. W. Godwin (designer); William Watt (manufacturer) 'Sideboard' 1867 )
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E. W. Godwin (designer); William Watt (manufacturer) 'Sideboard' 1867
 (Thomas Webb & Sons (manufacturer) Vase c. 1880)
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Thomas Webb & Sons (manufacturer) Vase c. 1880
 (Thomas Webb & Sons (manufacturer) Vase c. 1880)
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Thomas Webb & Sons (manufacturer) Vase c. 1880
 (Rozenburg Plateelfabriek (manufacturer), Samuel Schellink (decorator) Coffee pot c. 1902)
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Rozenburg Plateelfabriek (manufacturer), Samuel Schellink (decorator) Coffee pot c. 1902
 (Yashima Gakutei 'Stone bridge over the Aji River at Mt. Tempō (Osaka Ajikawa, Tempōzan Ishibashi)' c. 1834)
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Yashima Gakutei 'Stone bridge over the Aji River at Mt. Tempō (Osaka Ajikawa, Tempōzan Ishibashi)' c. 1834
 (Ambrose Patterson 'La Gaîté Montparnasse, Paris' 1903–06)
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Ambrose Patterson 'La Gaîté Montparnasse, Paris' 1903–06106170

The Japanese influence on western art is explored in this exhibition of works from the NGV collection

After two centuries of seclusion – and with just one international port open – Japan threw its doors open in 1854, resulting in an influx of Japanese art and culture to Europe. At first, Japanese aesthetics began showing up in western art, but when artists like Degas and Van Gogh started to understand more about the underlying movements and principles, the infleunces started to become more profound. 

This exhibition looks at "Japonisme" and how it helped form the foundations of western modern art. It's made up of works from the NGV collection covering paintings, works on paper and the decorative arts. European works are presented with the Japanese works that inspired them.

Alongside artworks like Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec’s 'Divan Japonais' poster, the NGV has assembled a full British domestic interior demonstrating the Japanese influence on design and furniture. 

Japonisme: Japan and the Birth of Modern Art is free and open at the NGV for the run of the winter blockbuster, MoMA at NGV: 130 Years of Modern and Contemporary Art.

By: Ben Neutze

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