March 10, 2017 — June 18, 2017
Henri de Toulouse-Lautrec and many of the French Impressionists were obsessed with Japanese woodblock prints, collecting them and adapting their features into their works.
These prints flooded into Paris soon after Japan opened to foreign trade, and thanks to their unique perspective systems and dynamic use of pattern and color, these prints forever changed the way French and American artists looked at the world.
Inspiring Impressionism is on view inside The Paris of Toulouse-Lautrec. This companion exhibition features dozens of important Japanese woodblock prints from the Chrysler Collection dating from the 1700s and 1800s.
Of historical note is the mission that reopened Japan to foreign trade, the expedition of American Commodore Matthew Perry. It left Hampton Roads in November 1854 and the arrival in Edo (Tokyo) the following July was documented by Japanese artist Hibata Osuke. The Chrysler is privileged to own a rare copy of his images of Perry and his squadron, the first foreigners seen in Edo in more than 200 years.