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April 2015
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« Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh…Japanese inspirations »

Monet, Seerosenteich © State Pushkin Museum of Fine Arts, Moscow

at the Kunsthaus Museum, Zurich.

Japanese art is of fundamental importance to the development of European Modernism. Almost all the great artists drew inspiration from its motifs and characteristic style. For the first time in over 25 years, a comprehensive exhibition examines the ‘Japonisme’ phenomenon as it is known. This fascination takes on numerous forms: artists including Monet, Gauguin, Van Gogh, Bonnard and Degas have presented imported art work and everyday objects in their own works, reinventing themes of Japanese imagery, even envisaging the skill of woodcutting. It was this appropriation, combined with their own pictorial tradition, that informed a creative process which gave rise to many and varied forms of artistic expression, the impact of which endured long into the 20th century.
Until 10th May. B.D

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