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  Claude Monet, Waterloo Bridge (1902)


10 OCTOBER 2018 - 20 JANUARY 2019
Bank Austria Kunstforum | Vienna, Austria

Beginning in the 1860s, the elegant and exotic look of everyday Japanese objects, the exquisite textiles and most of all the vividly imaginative narrative qualities of ukiyo-e, conquered the European market and fulfilled the public’s yearnings for an unknown culture and a new kind of aesthetic. Artists were at the forefront in collecting and integrating the strange vocabulary of forms into the Western idiom.

In Fascination Japan, around one-hundred works from international public and private collections will present a wide-ranging overview of the “Japonisme” that spread throughout Europe beginning in the late-19th century and up until the beginning of the avant-garde.

The exhibition will include paintings and printed graphics, as well as objects and furniture, by Western artists such as Claude Monet, Edgar Degas, Gustav Klimt, Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec, the Nabis and the Blauer Reiter (The Blue Rider), juxtaposed with Japanese woodcuts, screens and objects.

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Claude Monet
Waterloo Bridge, 1902
Oil on Canvas, 65 x 100 cm
Kunsthaus Zürich, Geschenk Walter Haefner, 1995

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