Title: Japanese Connections

Co-edition: Louvre Abu Dhabi and Mus.e d’Orsay

Authors: Isabelle Cahn

In the 1860s, great painters like Whistler and Tissot embraced the principles of Japanese aesthetics. They were followed by the Impressionists – by Manet and Monet in particular – who were interested in the treatment of space, form, colour and subjects in Japanese prints. The aesthetic revolution initiated by the Impressionists was pursued by artists like Van Gogh and Gauguin, who both succumbed to the appeal of Japonisme and took up the formal simplification and bright colours of woodblock prints. The artistic exploration of such artists was to lead to the overturning of visual representation, of which the Nabis were direct heirs.


24 cm x 28.5 cm (hardcover, debossed)

176 pages