Art Nouveau: Influence In Japanese Art

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Introduction Japan existed in a state of self-imposted isolation by the Tokugawa dynasty between the seventeenth and mid-nineteenth centuries, with trade strictly controlled for the fear of foreign influence. After Japan finally opened its ports to international trade in the 1850s, there were many imported Japanese artworks to Europe and North America. New at that time in the West, these Japanese artworks became a subtle but major influence on national taste. This literature review examines how the novelty of Japanese art has been seen as a catalytic agent in the development of a new vision of Western art and design. Art Nouveau: Influence on Nature, Colour, and Sex One of the most important figures that was responsible for the popularity of Japonisme and the international stylistic movement of Art Nouveau was Siegfried Bing, a German art dealer based in Paris who brought in Japanese prints, ceramics, lacquer and other applied arts to the West. The name took reference from his art gallery and exhibition hall “La Maison de l 'Art Nouveau” (Style Art Nouveau) in 1895. In the introduction of The Art Nouveau Style edited by Roberta Wadell (1977), it mentioned that the study of Japanese art assisted the Art Nouveau artists in his effort to simplify nature. One of the most notable Art Nouveau illustrator that uses nature as a heavy reference was Henri Detouche. Among the Thorns (Dans les Ronces) from L’Estampe Moderne lithograph poster demonstrates how Detouche creates an
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