New Exhibit Demonstrates Japanese Influence on Western Printmaking

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UKIYO-E, or “pictures of the floating world”, is a genre of Japanese woodblock prints produced between the 17th and the 20th centuries, featuring motifs of landscapes, tales from history, the theatre, and pleasure quarters. Browse the Park West Gallery Japanese Woodcut Collection >

Henri Rivière. Funeral Under the Umbrellas.SAINT LOUIS, MISSOURI — The Saint Louis Art Museum presents Japonisme in the Graphic Arts, an exhibition of 10 works on paper demonstrating the impact that Japanese color woodblock prints had on Western printmaking in the late 19th century.

Examples by Hiroshige, Sharaku and Utamaro will show influences on subject matter and composition, such as flattened space, high horizon line and abstract patterning. Japonisme in the Graphic Arts will showcase woodcuts, lithographs and etchings by the French, Dutch and American expatriate artists James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rivière and Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibition will display Henri Rivière’s color woodblock print Funeral with Umbrellas, a recent acquisition that vividly exemplifies the assimilation of Japanese aesthetics into French printmaking.

Japonisme is currently on view through December 13, 2009.

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