Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism
Japanese prints had a profound influence on many artists of the Impressionist era. Pierre Bonnard, Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, and James McNeill Whistler are among those who collected Japanese art and produced work that, in composition, color, and imagery, borrowed directly from the Japanese aesthetic.
Richly illustrated throughout, this elegant volume introduces 200 years of Japanese prints, from their evolution and innovative techniques to their radical impact on the European and American avant-garde of the 19th century. The book commences with a chronological survey of the Japanese print, including works from early ukiyo-e masters such as Harunobu and Utamaro, classic prints by the renowned Hokusai and Hiroshige, and vivid 19th-century examples by Kunisada and Kuniyoshi. The final chapters focus on Western artists who drew on the Japanese aesthetic in their own diverse ways, from Henri Rivière, whose Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower shows his debt to Hokusai’s famous views of Mount Fuji, to American artists such as Arthur Wesley Dow and Helen Hyde, who traveled to Japan to enhance their understand in the Japanese color woodcut.