Coined by a French art critic in 1876, the term Japonisme was used to describe the craze for all things Japanese. Van Gogh copied Ukiyo-e prints, and art nouveau potters introduced flowing, organic themes, first seen in Japanese ceramics. This book presents a broad survey of the West's extraordinary love affair with Japan, beginning with the first contacts in the sixteenth century, and culminating in the artistic frenzy that swept Europe and America in the second half of the nineteenth century. For the first time, Lionel Lambourne also uncovers the countercurrent of Western influence on Japan. The book reviews not only the fine and the decorative arts but also interior decoration, costume and fashion accessories, literature and the theatre, travel, and gardens and plants
Lionel Lambourne was head of paintings at the Victoria and Albert Museum, London, from 1986-1993. He has traveled widely as curator of exhibitions in Britain, Germany and Japan, and has had a long-standing interest in the dialogue between Japan and the West. His books include The Aesthetic Movement (1996) and Victorian Painting (1999), both published by Phaidon.
Introduction 1. Historical Survey 2. Japan and the Painters 3. The Poster and the Japanese Print 4. The Decorative Arts 5. Furniture and Interiors 6. Fans, Parasols, Combs, Pins, Kimonos 7. The Novel, the Stage and the Opera 8. Visitors to Japan: Dream and Reality 9. The United States and Japan 10. Landscape and Gardens 11. Symbolism and the Grotesque 12. Coda: Floating World or Moving Image? Select Bibliography Index