2015 Nickerson Lecture Series: The ‘Japan Craze’ on Paper: Japonise in American Graphic Art, 1880-1920
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In the late 1800s, western artists began incorporating Japanese motifs, aesthetic principles, and techniques into their work – a phenomenon known by the French term “Japonisme”. Japanese art’s emphasis on beautiful design and hand-craftsmanship resonated with the “art for art’s sake” philosophy advocated by the Aesthetic Movement as a remedy for the ills of modern industrial life.