The Call of the East

Japonisme as Reflected in the Prints of the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy
Budapest, Szépművészeti Múzeum, 04 February 2020 - 17 May 2020
The chamber exhibition organised from the collections of several illustrious museums will display some seventy artworks, comprising Japanese woodcuts from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries that served as inspiration for European artists, and prints from the Austro-Hungarian Monarchy conceived in the spirit of Japonism.
The Japanese works will be on display together with the finest woodcuts found in Hungarian collections that were influenced by Japonisme. Works by Hokusai, Hiroshige and many other Japanese masters can be seen alongside colourful prints by European artists. The most frequent themes of Japanese woodcuts – depictions of nature (landscapes, flora and fauna), portraits (geishas, actors, courtesans) –, as well as on items of applied art objects clearly show the characteristics of compositions, techniques and motives that inspired European artists the most. These include the handling of colour, the use of two-dimensionality, the close-ups, the decorative contours and elements that were different from the European tradition.
(12 pictures)

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