Andrea, Becky and Kay’s Presentation. Compare and contrast: Mode of production Design philosophy Aesthetic / social values Audience and client Technologies implemented. Japonisme. 1880 - 1890. Japonisme is the appreciation of Japanese art
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Compare and contrast:
Mode of production
Aesthetic / social values
Audience and client
1880 - 1890
Vincent van Gogh
James Abbott McNeill Whistler
Ando HiroshigeKameido Ume (Japanese apricot) Garden 1857from the seriesOne Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Vincent van GoghFlowering Plum Tree1887
Ando HiroshigeThunderstorm at Ohashifrom the seriesOne Hundred Famous Views of Edo
Vincent van GoghBridge in the Rain (after Hiroshige)1887
(Hokusai-series 36 vues du mont)
One of Monet's collection
Monet's love affair with Japanese art started in Paris, There he spotted some Japanese prints used as wrapping paper.
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This purchase changed his life and many say the history of western art. Monet went on to collect 231 Japanese prints which were flooding into European department stores.
Japanese became a fascination with all things Japonisme, This was the rage among French intellectuals and artists. Monet had collected several of Hiroshige's. Scenes from the classic novel (The tale of genji).
More of Monet's collection
Illustrations from the famous classic novel , some more of Monet's collections
The Marmottwen Gallery in France is where some of Monet's paintings are hung. They decided not to put Monet's collection of Japanese prints along side his own paintings . I think having these paintings side by side would have shown the influence of the Japanese prints more so on Monet's own art works .
Monet was not shy about his fascination with Japan and in (1876 )he painted his wife Camille in a kimono against a background, decorated with Japanese paper fans.
In 1883 , Monet built a Japanese bridge over a Japanese themed pond that he had built . In a Japanese garden which again he had built. He then spent the rest of his life painting this private paradise
The reality of how Japonisme influenced Claude Monet is elusive, subtle and obscured by his own unique style. He became a master of impressionism.
Maybe it was his unique style that influenced Japan.
Maybe this is why his paintings and collection of his Japonisme prints are not exhibited side by side in Marmottwen
Monet's unique style before Japonisme influence
Camille Monet in the Garden at Argenteuil 1876
Arrangement in Grey and Black No. 1: Portrait of the Painter’s Mother. 1871. Oil on Canvas
Caprice in Purple and Gold No.2: The Golden Screen
(1864) Oil on Canvas
AKA Old Battersea Bridge
Hiroshige: Bamboo Yards, Kyōbashi Bridge (1857)
From 100 Famous views of Edo Series
100 Famous Views of Edo by Hiroshige : Owned by The Brooklyn Museum USA
The Museum's set of One Hundred Famous Views of Edo by Hiroshige was acquire in the 1930’s
Amazing that until the 1970’s this bound book of prints had remained unseen by the public
Although because of this lack of exposure, the pigments and dyes on the prints are still of exceptional quality
And due to the wonders of modern technology the prints in all their colourful glory have been digitally captured and are now available for viewing on the museum’s website
The original prints, now separated from the binding, are only shown to the public for brief periods of time to minimise their exposure to light and possible fading
This set was thought to have been created in the mid 1800’s
Is rubbed in circles over the paper
surface with the woodblock under it
Inking up the woodblock
Carefully peeling the Print from the woodblock surface
The finished simple print
This beautiful but wistful lady is thought to be derived from Whistler’s interpretation of Edgar Allen Poe’s poem in which the poet remembers his wife who died at a young age
Whistler has portrayed sadness in the manner of her stance and the almost ethereal atmosphere he has created. With muted tones and little perspective introduced apart from the railing she rests her hand on she appears almost to be floating in between time and space – just like Ukiyo-e
Lessons he undoubtedly learned from studying the many Japanese woodblock prints he had access to and once owned
Annabel Lee (1885/87) Pastel on Wood