Oriental Fascination – Japonism in Belgium  

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Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.
Train wreck at Montparnasse (October 22, 1895) by Studio Lévy and Sons.

Oriental Fascination – Japonism in Belgium

From 24 June to 28 September 2008, you will be able to see for the first time in Belgium, the most incredible oriental art collection of Feliks Jasienski in Krakow on show in the Brussels Town Hall.

Japonism in Belgium

The exhibition illustrates the artistic phenomenon that emerged out of the fascination of Western artists for Japanese graphic art at the turn of the 19th and 20th century. A surprising face-to-face encounter between a collection of Japanese prints (Hokusai, Utamaro, Hiroshige, etc.) and 'japonist' works by around twenty Belgian artists (Gisbert Combaz, Auguste Donnay, James Ensor, Fernand Khnopff, Georges Lemmen, François Maréchal, Armand Rassenfosse, Félicien Rops, Léon Spilliaert, Alfred Stevens, Théo van Rysselberghe, Rik Wouters, …), highlights the influence of the Japanese culture in the West. We see this in the appearance of images such as the wave, the bridge, the boat or even the geisha in paintings and drawings as well as the new way of looking at perspective and structuring space.

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