japonisme: japonisme in japan

02 November 2007

japonisme in japan

the Izu Glass & Craft Museum, with an exquisite collection of Art Nouveau and Art Deco decorative arts, including figurines, vases, perfume bottles, jewelry and more by artists like Galle, Lalique, Tiffany, Erte, and Daum.

All were influenced by the Japonism craze that swept through the Western world in the late 19th century, apparent in the frequent use of dragonflies, water lilies, orchids, and other Asian motifs.

Van Gogh produced several paintings that closely mirror Japanese woodblock artists like Utagawa Hiroshige.






Galle used one of Japanese illustrator Hokusai’s carp drawings for his relief of a carp in a glass vase.







Vuitton’s famous monograms are said to resemble crests used by Japanese feudal clans.







The museum also exhibits Western clothes that show strong Japanese influences, such as cocktail dresses made from the cloth of a kimono. 1






lalique's decorative use of fish, including many species of carp, can be attributed to the influence of japonisme.

fish and waves are modeled in the manner of the japanese artists hiroshige and hokusai.







many of lalique's mold-blown vases are simply decorated japanese forms, with shallow relief patterns which rarely interrupt the pleasing outline.

from lalique glass.



By 1890, Lalique was recognized as one of France's foremost Art Nouveau jewellery designers; creating innovative pieces for Samuel Bing's new Paris shop, La Maison de l'Art Nouveau.





He went on to be one of the most famous in his field, his name synonymous with creativity and quality. 2

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3 Comments:

Blogger Princess Haiku said...

These are pretty and accentuate each other. I just read a book you might enjoy by Margaret Forster, "Keeping the World Away." It is the story of a painting by Gwen John and how it influenced the lives of the women who owned it.

03 November, 2007 00:35  
Blogger Changes in the Wind said...

Thank you for sharing these...I may never get to that museum and they are truly beautiful.

03 November, 2007 07:35  
Blogger lotusgreen said...

thank you princess. i'll check it out--it sounds interesting.

and thanks back to you changes. i'll likely never get to them either.

i must add though that these vases have only in common their maker and their general shape, not their locations!

03 November, 2007 08:30  

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