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Japonism refers to the influence of Japanese art and design on Western art, particularly in the late 19th and early 20th centuries. It is characterized by the adoption of Japanese aesthetic principles, techniques, and motifs.



Japonism became prominent in Europe after Japan opened its ports to the West in the 1850s, leading to a fascination with Japanese art and culture among European artists.


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Notable artists influenced by Japonism include Vincent van Gogh, Claude Monet, and Edgar Degas. The movement significantly impacted Impressionism, Post-Impressionism, and Art Nouveau.

Frequently Asked Questions

What is Japonism in art?
Japonism is the influence of Japanese art, techniques, and aesthetics on Western art.

How did Japonism affect Western art?
Japonism introduced new themes, compositional techniques, and a fresh perspective on color and form to Western art, influencing various art movements.