Reframing Japonisme: Women’s Engagement with Japanese Art in 19th-Century France

Reframing Japonisme: Women’s Engagement with Japanese Art in 19th-Century France

🗣️ Elizabeth Emery

👤 organized by the Ecole française d'extême Orient (EFEO)

đź“… Wenesday, March 15th 2023 - 10:00 (UTC+1 France time)

đź“Ť EFEO Kyoto : 29 Kitashirakawa betto-cho, Sakyo-ku, Kyoto, 606-8276 Japan // online

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The origin stories of French Japonisme, the nineteenth-century fascination for Japanese art, tend to frame the movement in terms of the activities described in the memoirs of an elite group of men active in the French arts administration. And yet, a return to archival sources uncovers a much broader landscape of interest and exchange related to Japanese works in the years following the 1858 “Traité d’amitié et de commerce.” Travelers such as Emile and Louise Desoye imported and sold Japanese goods, while families such as Louis and Anna Gonse collected and displayed art in their homes. Artists Felix and Marie Bracquemond and Mary Cassatt, among many others, took inspiration from the Japanese prints and ceramics they admired.


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Reframing Japonisme: Women’s Engagement with Japanese Art in 19th-Century France