Japan 's Influence On European Art

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When Japan opened its waters backed for trade, a vast amount of influence swept the European countries. Along with the Japanese products came an influence in the art of Europe called “Japonisme”. This type of art tended to focus on the beauty of everyday life such as the focus on many of the Japanese woodblocks. The most obvious influence of Japan on European art was a painting by James Jacques Joseph Tissot called Japanese Vase. This painting perfectly emphasizes and illustrates the common indicators of Japanese influence on European art. The Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum of Art covers the various aspects of Japonisme and how it connects with Tissot’s painting Japanese Vase. According to the Bulletin of the Cleveland Museum, the term Japonisme was devised by Philippe Burty who was an influential art critic from France. Burty describes Japonisme as the “study of the art and genius of Japan” (120). Europe was introduced of this new type of art was during the 1850’s, but France welcomed and immersed themselves in the art of Japonisme more than any of the other European countries. Tissot was one of the many French artists who embraced the new art and infused the techniques within his traditional European realism style. Tissot’s Japanese Vase perfectly exemplifies the effect of Japonisme on his style. The painting displays a Japanese woman surrounded by Japanese elements which give the impression of a painting that was produced in Japan from a native artist. The painting
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