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LACQUER DREAMS, THE JAPAN OF SHIBATA ZESHIN

Heron and Crow in flight. The Catherine and Thomas Edson Collection, San Antonio Museum of Art© San Antonio Museum of Art/Photo Peggy Tenison
  • Heron and Crow in flight. The Catherine and Thomas Edson Collection, San Antonio Museum of Art© San Antonio Museum of Art/Photo Peggy Tenison
  • Gourd container. The Catherine and Thomas Edson Collection, San Antonio Museum of Art© San Antonio Museum of Art/photo Peggy Tenison
  • Stationery Box with attributes of the Seven Gods of Good Fortune. The Catherine and Thomas Edson Collection, San Antonio Museum of Art© San Antonio Museum of Art/Photo Peggy Tenison
  • Set of stacked boxes with willow and waterwheel. The Catherine and Thomas Edson Collection, San Antonio Museum of Art© San Antonio Museum of Art/Photo John Deane

LACQUER DREAMS, THE JAPAN OF SHIBATA ZESHIN

With the collaboration of the Catherine and Thomas Edson Collection, San Antonio Museum of Art

6 April -15 July 2012

70 pieces of lacquerware, screens, paintings, decorative and usual objects will be presented for the first time in Paris (France), illustrating the masterful art of Shibata Zeshin (1807-1891).

This artist's career bridged two great periods in the history of Japan: the Japan of the Samurais (Edo Period) and the Japan of Modernity (Meiji Period). His paintings and lacquerwares bear witness to the artistic, political and social transformations of the late 19th century. A painter who worked for rich merchants, urban residents and temples under the old government, he was named painter of the Office of the Imperial House under the government of Emperor Meiji.

Drawing from his keen sensitivity, trained in realist painting under the painters of the Maruyama-Shijô Kyôto painting school, he distinguisghed himself through his ink-paintings on silk, creating trompe-l'œil effects, and also invented the style of painting using coloured lacquer on paper. In the field of lacquer art, he developed a unique decorative device, using tone on tone decorative lacquers or imitating iron or bronze or the delicate texture of rosewood. His pictorial compositions, often very concise, evoke the famous, simple and incisive Japanese haiku poems he loved.

His works were presented in World Expositions, in Vienna in 1873 and in Paris in 1889, as well as the National Industrial Exhibitions. They received numerous prizes and were admired and collected by Western art lovers, such as the Scottish Christopher Dresser and the German Samuel Bing, creator of Art Nouveau. They played an important role in the development of tastes in the West.


View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

Set of Dining Vessels in Kasuga Shrine style © Pierre Antoine

Set of Dining Vessels in Kasuga Shrine style © Pierre Antoine

View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

View of the exhibit © Pierre Antoine

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Guided tour : 4,50€ + entrance in the exhibit

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Lectures at 01 p.m. :
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Cycle de conférences de l'Université et de l'Inalco/Langues'O:
Jeudis 24 et 31 mai; 7 et 14 juin à 16h

Catalogue of the exhibit:
Edited by  Paris-Musées. 160 pages. 30€
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