Orientalism, Chinoiserie & Japonisme

Given by Suzanne Perrin

From the 16th to the 19th centuries these three strands of cultural borrowing gave rise to a new way of seeing and interpreting the world around us, at a time when few people travelled outside their villages, let alone outside their countries. These brought about new designs in architecture, paintings, prints, textiles, furniture and interiors. Whistler, Monet, Degas and Van Gogh reinterpreted Japanese imagery into “Japonisme”.  We still see the legacy of these influences today, so can we now distinguish their origins?