Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

East Blends with West

Newspaper article The Christian Science Monitor

East Blends with West

Article excerpt

Japanese art profoundly influenced Western artists in the 19th century. This phenomenon even got itself a name: "Japonism."

Not so well known in the West, perhaps, is how strongly Japanese art was affected by Western art. Some Japanese artists, sensing perhaps the danger of cultural takeover, wanted to at least strike a balance in their work between traditional national characteristics and fascination for such foreign achievements.

This 1907 painting, "Autumn Among Trees," (the left section of a two-fold screen) by Shimomura Kanzan, is a particularly beautiful case in point. Although it is suffused with an indelibly Japanese atmosphere and an exquisite sensitivity to the subtle differences between seasons, it could not be mistaken for an earlier kind of Japanese painting.

In fact, Shimomura had recently spent two years in Britain, studying European art. In this painting not only did he use some Western paint, he is also more concerned than a traditional Japanese screen painter would have been to paint a "realistic" view of a particular place seen from a single viewpoint. …

Search by... Author
Show... All Results Primary Sources Peer-reviewed

Oops!

An unknown error has occurred. Please click the button below to reload the page. If the problem persists, please try again in a little while.