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Past exhibition information
A Passionate Eye for Japanese Art
Japonisme in Emile Gallé’s Work

With the opening of Japan near the end of the Edo period, ukiyo-e, ceramics, and other Japanese art objects crossed the seas. They had a powerful impact on Europe, where a fashion for things Japanese sprang up in many countries. The elegant use of color and the bold compositions found in those works had a profound influence on the birth of Impressionism and Art Nouveau, a fin de siècle movement to reform the decorative arts. The phenomenon we now refer to as Japonisme is strongly evident in the work of Emile Gallé, a standard bearer for Art Nouveau and a glass artist born in the city of Nancy, in eastern France. The distinctive world of his works, with a profusion of many-colored flowers in bloom and grasshoppers and dragonflies soaring about, is modeled on the natural world and admiration for the beauty of the changing seasons. In the background to the birth of that highly original Gallé style we can see his passionate regard for Japanese art. In this exhibition, to celebrate the 35th anniversary of the opening of the Kitazawa Museum of Art, we present his works related to Japonisme and other masterpieces from our Gallé collection, one of the finest in the world.

Monday, April 3, 2017, to Saturday, March 31, 2018

Open throughout the year, with the exception of October 31, when the museum will close to replace some of the exhibits.

9:00 -18:00 (April - September);
9:00 -17:00 (October - March)

■ Organizer

Kitazawa Museum of Art Foundation

■ Supporter

Kitz Corporation

Kitz Corporation supports the Kitazawa Museum of Art Foundation as part of its philanthropic program.

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Plate with Fern and Imari-style Enameled Border
(Dated 1900, exhibited at the Paris 1900 World Exposition )
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"Clair de Lune" Moonlight glass Vase with Chrysanthemum and Mantis
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Double Carp Vase with Carp Design
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Tête de monstre japonais, Head of Japanese monster

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Vase with Raptor on Pine Tree in the Snow

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