Art & Design

Third Thursday Lecture: Japonisme: the arts of Meiji and the rise of the modern artist

21 January 2016, Norwich

Professor Nasser D. Khalili
Founder of the Khalili Collections


“In a way, all my work is founded on Japanese art” – Vincent Van Gogh


From the 1860s through to the 1890s the rise of Japonisme and the Art Nouveau movement meant few could resist the obsession with all things Japanese. Superbly and artistically crafted and often highly decorated Japanese objects – lacquer, metalwork, ceramics, enamels and other decorative items rich in new and exotic subject matter – stimulated and inspired Western artists and craftsmen to produce their own works. Arts of the Meiji period (1868–1912) were displayed at international exhibitions, in the galleries of influential dealers and at fashionable stores in London, Paris and Vienna. The imagery, decorative themes and artistic styles to be found on these objects are also apparent in the work of painters such as Vincent van Gogh, who personally had strong links with Siegfried Bing, perhaps the most prominent and influential Paris-based dealer in Japanese art in the late nineteenth century. Van Gogh himself had stated that he owed his inspiration to Japanese art but he was probably not conscious of the full extent to which art in Europe had already been influenced by that of Japan.

Admission is free and all are welcome. Booking essential.


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ENTRY CANNOT BE GUARANTEED AFTER 6.00PM. We regret that there is no parking available in The Close.

21 January 2016, 18:00
Hostry, Norwich Cathedral, Norwich NR1 4EH

Tel: 01603 597507




Sainsbury Institute for the Study of Japanese Arts and Cultures