Japanese Art: a Major Influence on the Work of Monet
Claude Monet, the figurehead of the impressionist movement, was strongly influenced by Japanese art. He was an admirer of the work of Hokusai and purchased several of his prints, which would go on to shake up his creative process.
Over the 1880s, Japanism made its whirlwind entry into western culture, especially in France. As Le Bon Marché sold prints, kimonos and fans, painters like Van Gogh and Monet were becoming captivated by this new aesthetic.
Ancient models and the classic use of perspective were transformed into a spectacular juxtaposition. Monet’s Waterlilies series was directly inspired by Japanese art. The colossal size of the paintings gives off a sense of calm and purity characteristic of Japanese prints. The Waterlily Pond, Green Harmony echoes this. Monet endows these landscapes with an almost sacred look.
Pinku Eiga, the World of Erotic and Engaged Japanese Cinema
Pinku eiga (pink films), is a film genre that combines eroticism and violence and implicitly dissects the idiosyncrasies of Japanese society.
tofubeats: from Netlabels to Warner, the Portrait of an Online Prodigy
From his childhood bedroom where he composed his first dance pop tracks to big nights out in Tokyo, tofubeats' talent has spread far and wide.
The Virtues of the Tea Ceremony in the Digital Age
Long considered as rigid and elitist due to its many rules, the Japanese tea ceremony has recently come back into fashion.
The Book ‘Tokyo Vice’ Comes to the Small Screen
After yakuza, hostess bars and trafficking of all kinds created intrigue in a successful novel, it wasn't long before the small screen snapped it up.
Hiroshi Nagai's Sun-Drenched Pop Paintings Pay Homage to California
Hiroshi Nagai, Japan's answer to David Hockney, has the gift of transporting viewers to the west coast of America as it was in the 1950s.