“Japonisme”: East-West Renaissance in the Late 19th Century

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Chiba, Yoko. “‘Japonisme’: East-West Renaissance in the Late 19th Century.” Mosaic 31.2 (1 June 1998): 1-20. ProQuest. Webhttp://search.proquest.com.ezproxy.lib.ryerson.ca/docview/1300034795?pq-origsite=summon

This essay explores the ways in which 19th century Britain appropriated various aspects of Japanese art, the different phases the appropriation went through, and ultimately how Japanese art impacted the movement towards Modernism by freeing artists from their European conventions. Chiba provides a general cultural/historical overview of Japonisme before moving on to an examination of the ways in which British artists attempted to incorporate Japanese pictorial techniques and designs as well as some critical and artistic reactions to the use of the Japanese aesthetic. She also discusses the influence of Japanese art on theatre and novelists/poets. What is particularly interesting is her explicit linking of ukiyo-e with decadence and the suggested influence of Japanese art on the development of Western Modernity.