© Katsushika Hokusai, The Great Wave Off Kanagawa, 1830-32

Exhibition | What's on | 23.jan.2017

The Japanese wave

Mount Fuji, cherry trees and "The Great Wave": New exhibition turns back time to show how Western art became influenced by Japanese aesthetics.

In the second half of the nineteenth century a wave of enthusiasm for all things Japanese crashed across the Western world – a Japanomania!

With the exhibition Japanomania in the North 1875–1918 SMK turns back time to show how Western art became infused by Japanese aesthetics: asymmetrical compositions, meditative imagery and close observation of birds, fish, insects, branches and flowers.

Many of the artists who were swept up by the craze for all things Japanese also staged themselves and their families in silk kimonos, fans, parasols and paper lamps.The influence from Japan was particularly strong on artists such as Claude Monet, Edvard Munch, van Gogh, Vilhelm Hammershøi, Anna Ancher, Albert Edelfelt and L.A. Ring, all of whom are featured in the exhibition.

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