Great Wave The Influence of Japanese Woodcuts on French Prints
Author: Colta Ives
Publisher/Date: NY: Metropolitan Museum of Art (c. 1974) Exhibition Catalogue
Format/Condition: Used cloth hardcover book in dust jacket in Good condition: slight old book odor; former owner's name and date of Dec. 1974 on front endpaper. Dust jacket not price-clipped. Binding good; textblock strong; pages clean and unmarked. 112 page. Illustrated in color and black and white. Dimensions: 8 1/2 x 10 1/4 inches.
Laid-in is a brochure from The Impressionist Epoch exhibition at the Metropolitan Museum of Art held Dec. 1974-Feb. 1975.
Description: After Admiral Perry broke through Japan's isolation in 1854, the current of Japanese trade flowed west again, bearing with it the colored woodcuts of Hokusai, Hiroshige, and their contemporaries. Some of the most avid collectors of these prints were the French Impressionists and Nabis, who found in them new ways to treat their own prints.
"In The Great Wave," Colta Feller Ives, Curator in Charge, Department of Prints and Photographs, The Metropolitan Museum of Art, recounts the phenomenal "cult of Japan" in late nineteenth-century France and reveals through direct comparisons its particular impact on the graphic work of Manet, Degas, Cassatt, Bonnard, Vuillard, Toulouse-Lautrec, and Gauguin.