Japans Love Affair With Impressionism

Japans liebe zum Impressionismus Torajiro Kojima Trichterwinde (Vollubilis) 1920 Öl auf Leinwand © Ohara Museum of Art, Kurashiki
Torajiro Kojima; Trichterwinde (Vollubilis) 1920.

You can always rely on the Bundeskunsthalle Bonn for truly great exhibitions. Right now they’re showcasing the connections between Japan and French Impressionism.

It’s widely known that the French got influenced by Japanese Ukiyo-e art the moment it was forced to open its gates to the world but only a few are informed that this was not a one way lane. Japanese quite liked the works created under this influence and collected French artists some even painting impressionistic images themselves with remarkable results.

I have a little more than a month left to visit this one of a kind Japans Liebe zum Impressionismus exhibition, I so have to make it!

And while we’re at it have a look at this video series NOWNESS released recently The last artisans of Japan. They’re about Japans incredible high form of various craftsmanship. Interesting fact is that these many artful and specialized trades are not as old as people imagine. Many developed in the 19th century when Japan switched to a mercantile age. The artisanry reached high forms fast and has basically stayed like that since then. But the modern world of today threats to extinct all this labor intensive handicraft. Still there are efforts to stabilize heritage factories, let’s hope that they will succeed. For now, I’ll admire Japans first class produce from afar as there is no chance to get the stuff shown in the videos here, sigh.


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