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Hardcover
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128 pages. 86 color illustrations
8.5 × 10 in
ISBN: 978-0-87846-810-2

A craze for all things Japanese beginning in the late nineteenth century brought a radical shift in Western art that came to be known as japonisme. The art and culture of Japan inspired leading artists, including Vincent van Gogh and Claude Monet, to create works of renewed vision and singular beauty. Looking East explores this phenomenon through a selection of major paintings, prints, drawings, and decorative arts from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston, presenting masterpieces by European and American artists alongside rare works of art in the Museum’s renowned Japanese collection. With essays that illuminate both Western and Eastern perspectives and explore shared themes, this lavishly illustrated publication invites readers to experience the sense of discovery and excitement created by an extraordinary moment of cross-cultural exchange.


About the Author

Helen Burnham
Pamela and Peter Voss Curator of Prints and Drawings
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Jane E. Braun
Research Associate in Prints, Drawings, and Photographs
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

Sarah E. Thompson
Assistant Curator for Japanese Prints in Art of Asia, Oceania, and Africa
Museum of Fine Arts, Boston


Editorial Reviews

"The phenomenon, known as japonisme, had a profound effect on artistic movements of the era....Looking East celebrates this extraordinary artistic conversation, including examples from the worlds of fashion and craft as well as fine art."

-The Telegraph