Art Theory & Criticism: Unit 2 Activity 6

Unit 2 Activity 6: JAPONISME 

During the 16th Century Japan, an ancient and civilised nation, was ‘discovered’ by the Portuguese. Subsequent developments in travel and communication influenced the culture of Europe. Read about Japonisme on this website (Links to an external site.). View the slideshow for examples of work from the Japonisme era.

Watch the video below on how the influence of Japonisme affected van Gogh:

What to do

How did the culture of Japan influence the art and design of Europe? Consider in particular its influence upon Modernism.

What to submit

A summary of your findings, using one artist and an example of their work in 300 – 500 words.


This activity will be assessed against criteria 1, 2, 3 and 5.