japonisme: fantastic impressions

31 October 2006

fantastic impressions

i struck out for a new and method of work which was founded on japanese art quite original in the main... fantastic impressions treated in the finest possible outline with patches of 'black blot.'

taking freely all that the japanese art could give him, that release from the bondage of what we call real things, beardsley made the world over again in his head, as if it existed only when it was thus re-made... in black line on a white surface,
in white line on black surface.

ARTHUR SYMONS, fortnightly review, may 1, 1898

(quotes from 'beardsley, japonisme, and the perversion of the victorian ideal'; zatlin; columbia university press 1997)

upper print from a hokusai manga

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