Whistler and the kimono

Whistler and the kimono

In the 1850s, after centuries of seclusion, Japan suddenly opened its doors to the West. Japanese porcelain and prints began to appear in Parisian shops and galleries, and a wave of interest in things Japanese flooded the French capital. A young American artist living...
The Orange Kimono, by Giuseppe de Nittis

The Orange Kimono, by Giuseppe de Nittis

Giuseppe de Nittis, born 1846 in Italy, was the ‘Italian Impressionist’ or nowadays, perhaps, the ‘Forgotten Impressionist’. Despite exhibiting in the first Impressionist exhibition in Paris in 1874 and despite his great talent, today he is...
Kimono Girl paintings by Dutch artist Breitner

Kimono Girl paintings by Dutch artist Breitner

In 1893 George Hendrik Breitner started work on a series of richly coloured paintings of a Dutch girl dressed in Japanese kimonos – his Kimono Girl paintings. These kimono still lifes all featured the same, dreamy 16-year-old girl, Geesje Kwak, a hat-seller in...

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