Ukiyo-e and Impressionists

70-72 Old St London

From Thursday, August 2 2018 until Friday, August 31 2018

Opening night: Thursday 2nd August, 18:00-20:00

CURATOR'S TALK BY MIKA SUETAKE: Thursday 2nd August, 19:00-20:00

Japanese woodblock print, Ukiyo-e, is one of the most significant influences on Impressionism and further developments of Western art.

When Japan began international trading after 200 years of isolationist foreign policy in the mid 19th Century, ukiyo-e reached Western Europe with a great impact. Its features of flatness, dynamic composition, and clear outline shook many artists such as Monet, van Gogh, Pissarro, Lautrec, and Degas.

This exhibition includes original works of Hokusai, Hiroshige, and Utamaro, whose works were collected by many Western artists. Along with examples of Impressionist paintings, we will closely look into the relationship between them.