Art Mash-ups – Japan and the Impressionists: A Talk on Japanese Art | Cupertino
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The Institute for the Study of Western Civilization | 10060 Bubb Road, Cupertino, CA
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From Arts Educator Ruby Ming comes a lively talk about the 19th century craze for all things Japanese. “Art Mash-ups – Japan and the Impressionists” will tour you up, down and all around the inspiration that European and American artists found in Japanese patterns, design and graphics.
Enjoy this image-rich presentation as you explore the Impressionist’s fascination with all things Japanese and how western paintings, prints, clothing, jewelry, dishes, and furniture were all enlivened by this cross-cultural exchange.
“All my work is based to some extent on Japanese art. . .” ~ Vincent van Gogh
In the mid-19th century, European and American artists were looking for new sources of inspiration. At the same time, Japan, after 200 years of near isolation, opened its ports to trade and soon kimono fabrics, painted fans, and folding screens were enthralling the West.
Japanese woodblock prints inspired Mary Cassatt to create her own series of prints, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec adopted their graphic style in his posters, and Claude Monet and Vincent van Gogh collected hundreds of them. Japonisme forever changed Western art and artists, including art by Paul Gauguin, Edgar Degas, Paul Gauguin, Berthe Morisot, Gustave Caillebotte, and James McNeill Whistler.
“You must see the Japanese [prints] — come as soon as you can.” ~ Mary Cassatt
An avid follower of the Bay Area art scene and a visual arts educator for over twenty years, Ruby Ming provides teacher trainings for the California Association for the Gifted and the California Art Education Association. She teaches visual arts to children, develops arts curriculum for public schools, and trains art docents.
This complimentary talk is offered by the Institute for the Study of Western Civilization. Light refreshments are available when the doors open at 6:15 pm. The two-hour talk begins at 7 pm.
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