Opening - The Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art

The Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918, is a new exhibition at the Mississippi Museum of Art, which explores the cultural phenomenon known as Japonisme, through the presentation of more than 200 works of art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. First identified by French art critic Philippe Burty in 1872, Japonisme became a worldwide movement that deeply impacted the visual arts. The resulting influence of these pieces on the visual and decorative arts as well as architecture, music, theater, literature, graphic design, and even fashion was overwhelming and continues to this day. On view are works by Pierre Bonnard, Mary Cassatt, Paul Gauguin, Utagawa Hiroshige,James McNeill Whistler (photo), Tiffany & Co., and many more.