Influence of Japanese art on the Western world

Influence of Japanese art on the Western world

The beauty of art lies in the fact that it transcends beyond borders. Yet, different parts of the world have their own styles infused in the art, which sets them apart. And there does come times when the art style of one region inspires and influences the creations of another. This is true back in the mid nineteenth century, when Japan’s artwork flooded the US market and considerably inspired numerous artists to incorporate the style in their practice. This led to the quintessential East meets West scenario is the art world, which led to some of the most charismatic masterpieces of the time.

The advent of Japonisme

By the late nineteenth century, Japanese arts had become extremely popular in the European and American artist circles. More and more artists had started collecting such Japanese art pieces and were studying them diligently. As a result, their work began to bear elements of the Japanese style. This is the time when a new term was given to this phenomenon, Japonisme. Simply put, this term meant the artworks were highly inspired from the Japanese art pieces that had recently become extremely notable.

 

 

Famous artists under influence of Japonisme

Vincent Van Gogh was well known to have collected numerous Japanese art pieces. The style he used to collect was termed as Ukiyo-e style. Soon enough he had incorporated the style in many of his works, bringing about a true combination of East meets West. There was the French painter, James Tissot, who also was among the artists who loved and explored the Japanese style and tried to incorporate them in their own work. Another French painter under the inspiration was Toulouse Lautrec. An artist of the Post Impressionist period, many of his famous artworks bore signs of Japonisme. European artists weren't the only ones experimenting with the movement. American impressionists like Edmund Charles Tarbell and William Merritt Chase were equally enthusiastic collectors of Japanese art and incorporated elements of that style into their work. The paintings of these times solidified the perfect balance of Eastern prints and patterns with the Western art sensibilities. Japonisme was indeed a very important phase in the history of art and continues its reach across the world. 

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