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Japonaiserie
(French word for 'Japaneseness' )

Nineteenth century Japanese woodcuts (by way of wrapping paper for porcelain pieces) started to arrive in France in the 1850s. Many Impressionist artists were quite impressed with the simple forms, outlines, flat areas that were coloured and the unique perspective of the Japanese artists. Artists such as Pissaro, Degas, Whistler, Monet, A.E. Stevens and van Gogh were all influenced in their artistic endeavours by the art from Japan.

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