This exhibition of 10 works on paper demonstrates the impact that Japanese color woodblock prints had on Western printmaking in the late 19th century. Examples by Hiroshige, Sharaku and Utamaro show influences on subject matter and composition, such as flattened space, high horizon line and abstract patterning. Japonisme in the Graphic Arts will showcase woodcuts, lithographs and etchings by the French, Dutch and American expatriate artists James McNeill Whistler, Mary Cassatt, Henri Toulouse-Lautrec, Henri Rivière and Vincent Van Gogh. The exhibition will display Henri Rivière's color woodblock print Funeral with Umbrellas, a recent acquisition that vividly exemplifies the assimilation of Japanese aesthetics into French printmaking. Curated by Eric Lutz, assistant curator of prints, drawings and photographs, Japonisme in the Graphic Arts will be on view in Gallery 321,
Saint Louis Art Museum
October 2–December 13, 2009.