Japonisme–Art Between East and West: A Five-Part Course with Dr. Gavin Campbell

Japonisme–Art Between East and West: A Five-Part Course with Dr. Gavin Campbell


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Japanese art exploded on the European art scene in the decades after 1850, sparking a profoundly creative movement called Japonisme. But those ideas didn’t stay in Europe. Western art transformed Japanese art in turn. Japonisme, then, was a long transnational conversation about modern life and the meaning of art. Join Gavin Campbell for a five-part course to explore the artistic connections between East and West.

When Japan opened for trade in the 1850s, artists from London to Prague suddenly encountered artists who saw the world in very different ways. This discovery transformed some of the most important European artists of the 19th century, from Van Gogh and Degas to Cassat and Monet. But Japanese art was so astonishing that its influences radiated out to affect design, architecture, and fashion, too.

Yet we often hear very little about the Japanese art world that created these shock waves, or how western interpretations then found their way back to Japan. This course, therefore, examines Japonisme as a long transnational conversation between two arts cultures. Together we will explore the astonishing artistic creativity of men and women working at the edge of their cultures, feeling their way into the modern world.

Lecture 1:  The World of Art

What did Japanese and western artists know about each other before Japan officially opened for trade in the 1850s? In our first lecture, we explore Japonisme’s prehistory.

Lecture 2:  Painting

Japonisme’s most profound impact was on a group of radical European painters, eager to find new ways to represent their world. In lecture two, we examine their work, as well as its reverse impact when it landed in Japan.

Lecture 3:  Architecture

Lecture three focuses on architecture. The mutual discovery of new style vocabularies gave architects in the west and Japan an opportunity to rethink how they designed everything from government buildings to private homes.

Lecture 4:  Crafts

Lecture four tells the story of craft in Japan. The extraordinary artistry of Japanese crafts helped fuel a debate about what, if anything, separated art from craft, and the role of the handmade in an age of machinery.

Lecture 5:  Fashion

Fashion designers like Paul Poiret and Madeleine Vionnet seized on the kimono as a radical breakthrough in style. Meanwhile, contact with the west significantly altered how the kimono looked in Japan. In our final lecture, we will rummage through closets to think about transnational style.

Gavin received a Ph.D. in history from the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, and came to Kyoto in 2001. He is a Ph.D. professor of history at Doshisha University. His teaching and research revolve around Japan's cultural encounters with the West, particularly during the Edo, Meiji, Taisho and early Showa periods (1600-1940), and he has published on the history of foreign tourism and of Protestant missionaries in Japan. To further explore Japan's global cultural encounters, he is currently writing a book on the history of Japanese menswear from the 1600s through the early 20th century. He is also an expert on Kyoto geisha culture and a frequent participant in geisha entertainment.

How does it work?

This is a five-part series held weekly and hosted on Zoom. Please check the schedule for the specific dates and times for each lecture.

Is there a reading list in advance?

Though the course is open to participants with no background on this topic, there are suggested readings for further investigation. You will receive this before the first lecture.

How long are the lectures?

Each lecture is 90 minutes long with time for Q&A.

How much is the course?

The course is $175 for five lectures.

Is a recording available?

Yes. If you need to miss a lecture, you will be sent a recording after the event.

This conversation is suitable for all ages.

90 minutes, including a 30 minute Q&A.

Customer Reviews

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joanna (Beverly, US)
Great course!

I normally don't do classes that take place in the evening EST. For Dr. Gavin Campbell, I make an exception! He is knowledgeable, entertaining, and the subject matter of his courses is so interesting.

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Andy Wilson (Silver Spring, US)
Campbell Hits it Out of the Park

I have taken and enjoyed all of Dr. Campbell's courses. I highly recommend them, but with Japonisme, he really hits it out of the park. If you have any interest in Japanese art and Japan's interactions with the West, I cannot recommend this course highly enough.

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Kitty (New York, US)
A Transcendent View of Japonisme

Most courses on Japonisme focus solely on the visual arts in the West. Dr. Campbell’s course presents a much needed view of the wider scope of this phenomenon and finally gives equal weight to the interchange between Japan and the West.

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James Murphy (Toronto, CA)
Excellent Course

Dr. Campbell is an excellent lecturer. Highly knowledgeable, he clearly put a great deal of work into the Japonisme seminar, and noted in the final lecture that we'd viewed over 900 images. He makes fascinating connections between Japanese aesthetics and art and the development of Japonisme themes in the West. Most fascinating and new to me were insights into Japanese art, design, and fashion. I look forward to other offerings by Dr. Campbell

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J (Vancouver, CA)
Five glorious weeks of Japonisme

Gavin delivers an A1 presentation. Five excellent lectures on "Japonisme" and the wonderful cross pollination of East and West.
I love Japan (was there in 2019) and look forward to going again. I also love 'The Mikado" by Gilbert & Sullivan which Gavin mentioned.

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joanna (Beverly, US)
Great course!

I normally don't do classes that take place in the evening EST. For Dr. Gavin Campbell, I make an exception! He is knowledgeable, entertaining, and the subject matter of his courses is so interesting.

A
Andy Wilson (Silver Spring, US)
Campbell Hits it Out of the Park

I have taken and enjoyed all of Dr. Campbell's courses. I highly recommend them, but with Japonisme, he really hits it out of the park. If you have any interest in Japanese art and Japan's interactions with the West, I cannot recommend this course highly enough.

K
Kitty (New York, US)
A Transcendent View of Japonisme

Most courses on Japonisme focus solely on the visual arts in the West. Dr. Campbell’s course presents a much needed view of the wider scope of this phenomenon and finally gives equal weight to the interchange between Japan and the West.

J
James Murphy (Toronto, CA)
Excellent Course

Dr. Campbell is an excellent lecturer. Highly knowledgeable, he clearly put a great deal of work into the Japonisme seminar, and noted in the final lecture that we'd viewed over 900 images. He makes fascinating connections between Japanese aesthetics and art and the development of Japonisme themes in the West. Most fascinating and new to me were insights into Japanese art, design, and fashion. I look forward to other offerings by Dr. Campbell

J
J (Vancouver, CA)
Five glorious weeks of Japonisme

Gavin delivers an A1 presentation. Five excellent lectures on "Japonisme" and the wonderful cross pollination of East and West.
I love Japan (was there in 2019) and look forward to going again. I also love 'The Mikado" by Gilbert & Sullivan which Gavin mentioned.