"The French Vogue for All Things Japanese" | NC Museum of Art | Exhibits | Indy Week
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"The French Vogue for All Things Japanese" 

When: Fri., July 5, 6 & 7 p.m. 2013
Price: free

When Japan signed a treaty with the United States in the middle of the 19th century, two centuries of seclusion policy were tossed in the koi pond. The subsequent influx of Japanese art enthralled European artists and found its way onto the canvases of Degas, Manet and Van Gogh, similar to how exhibitions of African masks would help spark Cubism 50 years later. Termed "japonaiserie," the mimicry of Japanese motifs and subjects—especially Hiroshige's prints—was all the rage, and it fed into the decorative impulse behind Impressionism. NCMA docents take you on a quick tour of works on loan from Norfolk's Chrysler Museum that show this cultural connection. —Chris Vitiello

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