The Japanese-German Center Berlin (JDZB) is pleased to invite you to the lecture
(in English) on
Ukiyo-e – Japanese Woodblock-Prints and the Impressionists
by Oikawa Shigeru (Professor at the Japan Women’s University, Tôkyô)
on Monday, March 19, at 6:00 p.m.
Today manga and anime are very popular in Germany. But some 100 years ago, there was another big Japanese influence on European arts that was later called Japonism. French Impressionists were among the first to collect Japanese prints (ukiyo-e) by Hokusai, Hiroshige, or Utamaro that had a big impact on their work. From France, love for those prints spreaded all over Europe and influences of Japanese art are not only to be seen in paintings, but in applied arts, photography, or architecture as well.
Prof. Oikawa is a wellknown specialist on comparative cultural studies. His particular interest lies on aspects and artists of Japonism, like the painter KAWANABE Kyôsai (1831-1889), who already during lifetime was familiar to European collectors and curators, or like the French painter Georges Ferdinand BIGOT (1860-1927), who lived in Japan from 1883 on.
Prof. Oikawas latest work “A Japanese Menagerie” was published in 2006 by British Museum Press.