Spencer Museum of Art The University of Kansas


Inspired by Japan
  • Inspired by Japan
  • 19-Apr-2003 - 29-Jun-2003
  • Spencer Museum of Art, University of Kansas, Lawrence, Kansas

Nineteenth and twentieth - century American and European works on paper are juxtaposed with Edo period (1600 - 1868) Japanese ukiyoe or “Floating World” color woodcut prints in this exhibition of works from the permanent collection. The selected ukiyoe prints are of the types that inspired many modern Western artists to innovate such trends as Impressionism and Art Nouveau. The exhibition includes works by Arthur Wesley Dow, Mary Cassatt, Bertha Lum, Paul Jacoulet, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, Norma Bassett Hall, Édouard Manet, and many others. Color woodcut prints by Japanese artists such as Kitagawa Utamaro, Katsushika Hokusai, Suzuki Harunobu, and Utagawa Hiroshige trace the origins of stylistic effects such as unmodulated color, dramatic diagonals, cropping, and flattened perspective views.