November 2019

Japanese Art & Japonisme in the 18th- 19th Centuries

Welcome to The Arts Society Brighton & Hove
Tuesday, November 12, 2019 - 10:45
The Brighthelm Centre
North Road Brighton BN1 1YD

Join The Arts Society Brighton & Hove for "Japanese Art & Japonisme in the 18th- 19th Centuries" with lecturer Suzanne Perrin.

It is now well documented that most of the prominent artists working in England, Europe and America in the 19th century owned some – and sometimes many – Japanese artefacts, including woodblock prints, ceramics, silk textiles, furnishings and many other diverse objects that came from the opening of Japan to western trade in the early 1850s.  The seminal work of artists like Ogata Korin, Ito Jakuchu, Hasegawa Tohaku and woodblock print artists like Katsushika Hokusai, Kitagawa Utamaro and Ando Hiroshige, working in Edo (present day Tokyo) in the 18th and 19th centuries, created a new way of looking at the world that inspired artists such as Toulouse-Lautrec, Van Gogh, Monet, Degas, Cassat, Bonnard, Prendergast, Whistler, Valotton, Vuillard and many more.  The term ‘Japonisme’ was coined for all types of work created with a Japanese theme, from paintings and prints to furniture, interiors, architecture and gardens.  This formed the basis for the design movement ‘Modernism’ that was to shape Western art into the 20th and 21st centuries.  Japanese art was here to stay.


Ms Suzanne Perrin

Visiting lecturer at University of Brighton Art & Design School, and University of Cape Town, South Africa. Teaches on the Asian Arts course at the British Museum and the V&A. Founded Japan Interlink in 1995 to promote the understanding of Japan in educational and cultural circles. Studied Nihonga (traditional Japanese painting) at Nagoya University of Arts, Japan, 1986-87. Lectures in South Africa each year. Conducted guided tours of Japan for students and adult groups; gave lecture tours on Japanese Art & Culture in Australia in 1987 and 2000 for ADFAS.