Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


  • Seeking the Floating World: The Japanese Spirit in Turn of the Century French Art
  • 22-Aug-1992 - 04-Oct-1992
  • Kress Gallery, Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

An exhibition illuminating the influences of Japanese ukiyo-e ("floating world pictures") on the subject and composition choices, styles, and technique of nearly seventy 19th century European Artists, including James McNeill Whistler, Toulouse-Lautrec, and James Tissot. The watercolors, drawings, prints, and posters shown date from the 1860s to the early 1900s. Curator of the show was Dr. Phyllis Floyd, assistant professor at Michigan State University. The staff of the Jane Voorhies Zimmerli Art Museum of Rutgers, The State University of New Jersey, organized the exhibition for the museum's extensive Japonisme collection. The U.S. tour was sponsored by the Matshusita Electric Corporation of America.