JAPANESQUE – At the Legion of Honor, Japanese Prints in the Era of Impressionism

Explore the Evolution, Essence and Influence of the Japanese Print 
– through January 9th, 2011

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Seán Martinfield
Sentinel Editor and Publisher
Photo by Lynn Imanaka

Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism at the Legion of Honor introduces audiences to the development of the Japanese print over two centuries (1700–1900) and reveals its profound influence on Western art during the era of Impressionism. This exhibition, on view through January 9th, 2011, complements the de Young Museum’s presentations of paintings from the Musée d’Orsay, many of which are aesthetically indebted to concepts of Japanese art. Culled primarily from the holdings of the Achenbach Foundation for Graphic Arts, the exhibition of approximately 250 prints, drawings, and artists’ books unfolds in three sections: Evolution, Essence, and Influence.

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Kitagawa Utamaro, Woman Blowing a Pinwheel for Her Son from the series Physiognomies of Ten Women, 1792–1793, color woodcut
Shunbaisai Hokuei, The Osaka Actor Arashi Rikan II as Danshichi Kurobei, 1832, color woodcut with metallic pigments and embossing

EVOLUTION
Evolution presents a chronological development of the Japanese print in Edo (present-day Tokyo), beginning with early black-and-white woodcuts and handcolored woodcuts. They are followed by delicate three- and four-color prints by early masters of ukiyo-e such as Suzuki Harunobu and Kitagawa Utamaro that feature the courtesans and beauties of the “floating world.” Landscape prints from the 1830s by Katsushika Hokusai and Andō Hiroshige are shown as examples of that important Japanese genre.

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Utagawa Hiroshige, Gion Shrine in the Snow from the series Famous Places in Kyoto, ca. 1834, color woodcut

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Utagawa Hiroshige, View of Matsushima and Mt. Tomi in Mutsu Province from the series Pictures of Famous Places in the Sixty-Odd Provinces, 1853–1856, color woodcut
Utagawa Hiroshige, Precincts of the Tenjin Shrine at Kameido from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo, 1856, color woodcut

ESSENCE
The Essence section features the Japanese aesthetic in print, and particularly highlights those subjects and compositional concepts that Western artists admired and imitated. Iconic images such as Hokusai’s The Great Wave and Fuji above the Lightning from the series 36 Views of Mount Fuji (1831–1834) are shown here, as well as Hiroshige’s Plum Orchard from his famous series One Hundred Famous Views of Edo (1857).

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Utagawa Hiroshige, The Plum Orchard at Kameido from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo, 1857, color woodcut with mica
James McNeill Whistler, The Thames, 1896, lithotint

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Mary Cassatt, Woman Bathing, 1890–1891, color aquatint and drypoint
Utagawa Hiroshige, Kinryuzan Temple in Asakusa from the series One Hundred Views of Famous Places in Edo, 1856, color woodcut with “lacquer” and embossing

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Henri Riviere, The Tower under Construction, As Seen from the Trocadero from the book Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower, 1902, color lithograph

INFLUENCE
A large group of works by European and American artists of the Impressionist and Post-Impressionist eras who were influenced by the Japanese print includes prints and drawings by Mary Cassatt, Edgar Degas, Edouard Manet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Vincent van Gogh, and James Abbott McNeill Whistler. The artists collected Japanese prints and often produced their own graphic work that, in composition, color, and imagery borrowed directly from the Japanese aesthetic. Henri Rivière’s homage to Hokusai Thirty-Six Views of the Eiffel Tower (1902) is featured, as well as the work of American artists such as Arthur Wesley Dow and Helen Hyde, who traveled to Japan to enhance their knowledge of the Japanese color woodcut.

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Pierre Bonnard.
House in the Courtyard, 1895–1896
Family Scene, 1893, color lithograph with watercolor

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Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec
The Seated Clown (Mademoiselle Cha-U-Kao) from the album Elles, 1896, color lithograph
Divan Japonais, 1893, color lithograph poster

ORDER THE CATALOGUE
Click on the photo to purchase at the on-line Museum Store: 
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Japanesque: The Japanese Print in the Era of Impressionism, by Karin Breuer. An insightful, fully illustrated catalogue that includes 100 images from the exhibition (paperback 144 pages, $22.95). This elegant volume introduces two hundred years of Japanese prints and examines their evolution, innovative techniques, and radical impact on the European and American avant-garde of the nineteenth century. Also available is a stunning recreation of Henri Rivière’s 1902 volume Thirty Six Views of the Eiffel Tower, with an afterword by James Ganz and Karin Breuer (hardback 105 pages, $22.95). This gorgeous re-creation of Henri Rivière’s original 1902 volume offers a stunning view of turn-of-the-century Paris.

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