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Japanese Connections

East meets West in this unique exhibition, which explores the influence of Japanese art on the development of modern décor at the turn of the twentieth century.
For the first time in the Middle East, discover masterpieces from a pioneering group of post-impressionist artists, alongside the prints of the Japanese masters Hiroshige and Hokusai, which inspired them. Presented by Musée d’Orsay.

Following the opening up of Japan to the West in the 1850s, artists, designers and makers across Europe became gripped by a new fashion for ‘Japonisme’. The exhibition focuses on a pioneering group of Parisian artists who had deep admiration for Émile Bernard and Paul Gauguin’s innovative art.

On display are beautiful landscapes by the great Japanese masters Utagawa Hiroshige and Katsushika Hokusai side by side with dream-like paintings and interior decors by the likes of Pierre Bonnard, Odilon Redon, and Édouard Vuillard.

Many of these incredible works have never left France before. Louvre Abu Dhabi brings them together to highlight the importance of cross-cultural influence in the development of the decorative arts.

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