“Japonisme and its influence on Impressionism”
Join Lu Lu Gallery for an educational and historical tour of this fascinating Japanese art form, “Ukiyo-e” – “Pictures of the Floating World”. As these beautiful, woodblock prints flooded the art scene in mid-to-late 19th century Europe, they had a very strong influence on, but also served as a validation for, the artistic ideas that were developing into Impressionism. Manet, Monet, Degas, van Gogh and many others, all sought inspiration from these prints and indeed found justifications for the way the Impressionists were beginning to see Nature and the world around them.
Highlights of this exhibition include many original Ukiyo-e from the great Artists, Hiroshige, Eisen (including a version of his Uchikake Concubine of 1830), Utamaro and Hokusai , as well as original European etchings of Degas, Whistler, Guillaumin, Bracquemond, Gachet, et al, juxtaposed against each other and modern Impressionist prints, that illustrate the influence of Japonisme on the development of Impressionism.
Also on display is an original Paris Illustre magazine of May 1886, that was showcasing Eisen’s work, and from which van Gogh traced the outline of Eisen’s Uchikake Concubine, that then formed the basis of van Gogh’s painting, “Courtesan (after Eisen) -1887”. It’s probably not the exact copy of the magazine that van Gogh handled… but then it’s nice to think that it might be!!
If you are new to Ukiyo-e, you will be greatly impressed by the beauty and skill of this artform, way ahead as it was, in many ways, of its contemporary European art. And for enthusiasts of Ukiyo-e, Lu Lu Gallery has put together a “story” illustrating the impact of these wonderful Japanese prints on the art world as it was developing in Europe, particularly in Paris in the 1860’s to the 1890’s.
A number of interesting Ukiyo-e prints will also be available for sale.
Opening night: Thursday 17 November 2016 from 6.00pm, Gallery 1 & 2
The exhibition is open Wed-Sun starting from 11.00am till late, until 21 December.
Lu Lu Cafe & Gallery: 506 Queensberry Street, North Melbourne