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Special Exhibition


Claude Monet, La Japonaise (Camille Monet in Japanese Costume),1876,
1951 Purchase Fund 56.147
Photograph ©2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.

Looking East

Western Artists and the Allure of Japan from the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston

June 28 – September 15, 2014

From the latter half of the 19th century to the early 20th century, Japanese art, especially ukiyo-e prints, enjoyed great popularity in the West. Its bold compositions and vivid colors sparked a fundamental revolution in the aesthetic sensibility of the West, leading to the trend known as Japonisme. This exhibition presents approximately 150 objects, including paintings, photographs, and decorative arts from the collection of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston. A highlight of the show is Claude Monet’s La Japonaise, which is being exhibited for the first time since recent conservation. From a variety of perspectives, the show examines what Western artists learned from Japan and how it affected leading artistic movement of the era, such as Impressionism.

Photo by Norihiro Ueno

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Dates:June 28, 2014(Saturday) – September 15, 2014(Monday), Museum closed on Mondays(except July 21 and September 15) and July 22. 6:00P.M.(it is necessary to enter the building at least 30 minutes before closing time.)
Place:Setagaya Art Museum, 1st and 2nd floor exhibition rooms
Admission:Adults 1,500yen, Seniors(over 65) 1,200yen, University and High School Students 900yen, Junior High and Elementary School Students 500yen
Organized by:Setagaya Art Museum, Museum of Fine Arts,Boston, NHK, NHK Promotions Inc.
Supported by:Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Japan, Embassy of the United States, Setagaya City, Setagaya City Board of Education
With the sponsorship of:Sompo Japan Insurance Inc.・Nipponkoa Insurance, Dai Nippon Printing Co., Ltd., Toyota Motor Corporation, Mitsui&Co., Ltd.
Cooporated by:Japan Airlines, Nippon Cargo Airlines
All Photographs©2014 Museum of Fine Arts, Boston.
List of Works(PDF File)


1. Taste for Japan

Manufactured by the firm of Frédéric Boucheron,Designed by Paul Legrand,Inkstand,1876
Museum purchase with funds bequeathed by Genevieve Gray Young in memory of Patience Young and Patience Gray Young, Frederick Brown Fund, William E. Nickerson Fund, Otis Norcross Fund, Arthur Tracy Cabot Fund, H.E.Bolles Fund, Russell B. and André Beauchamp Stearns Fund, Ernest Kahn Fund, Helen B. Sweeney Fund, and European Decorative Arts Insurance, Deaccession and Deaccession Income Funds 2000.977.1-7

2. Women

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III), Utagawa Hiroshige
Summer Chrysanthemum: Actors Sawamura Tosshō II and Sawamura Yoshijirō I, from the series Selection of Ten Flowers Currently in Full Bloom
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection 11.42317

Vincent van Gogh,
Lullaby: Madame Augustine Roulin Rocking a Cradle (La Berceuse),1889
Bequest of John T. Spaulding 48.548

3. City Life

Utagawa Kunisada (Toyokuni III),
Performance of Sumō Fund-raising Tournament,
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection 11.14041-3

4. Nature

Utagawa Kunisada,
William Sturgis Bigelow Collection 11.25970

Paul-Elie Ranson,
Tiger in the Jungle,
Bequest of W. G. Russell Allen 63.412

5. Landscape

Arthur Wesley Dow,
Marshy Landscape,
about 1900
Gift of Philio Wigglesworth Cushing and Henry Coolidge Wigglesworth from the collection of their parents Frank and Anne Wiggleworth in memory of their love for Ipswitch. M. and M. Karolik Fund and Charles H. Bayley Picture and Painting Fund 2006.1277.139

Claude Monet,
Water Lilies,
Gift of Edward Jackson Holmes 39.804

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