JAPONISME
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  JAPANESE INFLUENCES - MONET
 

Monet
La Japonaise, 1876
Claude Monet, a pioneer in the Impressionist movement,
was interested in the aesthetic of oriental calligraphy.  He
borrowed themes from Japanese prints, and also shared
with the Ukiyo-e artists the same kind of pictorial
techniques like one-point perspective, cut-off composition
and the use of a grid structure.  This can be seen in

Rue St. Denis,
which shows an effect of
immediately taking the viewers' eyes into distance.  In La
Japonaise,
Monet painted his wife, Camille, in a bright red
kimono with fans decorating the wall behind her. This also
shows that he absorbed Japanese aesthetics.

Monet
Rue St. Denis, 1878
 
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