When the U.S. Navy and Commodore Matthew Perry opened up Japan to trade in the mid-19th century, Western countries fell under the spell of the archipelago nation and went crazy for all things Japanese. Now you can see the stunning works that inspired impressionist and post-Impressionist artists in the studying subjects at different times of day and seasons to heart in his series of lily paintings.
The use of natural motifs, such as turtles and flowers, in Japanese lacquer, textiles, bronzes and ceramics can be seen in the Art Nouveau movement in at the turn of the 20th century.
Western masterpieces are juxtaposed with rare works from prominent Japanese artists, highlighting the dazzling vision and stylistic ingenuity that emerged during this invigorating cross-cultural moment.
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