‘The Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918’ On View at the Mississippi Museum of Art

artwork: Theodore Wores - "The Iris Flowers of Hori Kiri, Tokio", circa 1893 - Oil on panel - 40 x 50.5 cm. - Crocker Art Museum Purchase, with funds provided by Gerald D. Gordon. On view at the Mississippi Museum of Art in the 'The Orient Expressed: Japan's Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918' exhibition.

Jackson, MS.- ‘The Orient Expressed: Japan’s Influence on Western Art, 1854-1918’, will be on display at the Mississippi Museum of Art through July 17, 2011. Visitors to this eleventh exhibition in ‘The Annie Laurie Swaim Hearin Memorial Exhibition Series’ will learn about the cultural phenomenon known as Japonisme, through the presentation of more than 200 works of art from the 19th and early 20th centuries. First identified by French art critic Philippe Burty in 1872, Japonisme became a worldwide movement that deeply impacted the visual arts. The resulting influence of these pieces on the visual and decorative arts as well as architecture, music, theater, literature, graphic design, and even fashion was overwhelming and continues to this day. According to Mississippi Museum of Art Director Betsy Bradley, “The Museum has secured works from some of the most prestigious collections in France, Belgium, and throughout the United States. With the high caliber of’ The Orient Expressed’, we expect to host more visitors than any other exhibition the Museum has had previously.”