I’ve already talked about Japanese postcards in a past blog. What I find fascinating about this postcard is the cross-cultural influences. After being forcibly opened to the West, Japanese artists were exposed to western art styles and techniques. Many artists incorporated western perspective into their work, while some adapted western media such as oil paint. One of the most prominent Japanese oil masters was Asai Chu (1857-1907). In 1900 he was sent by the Japanese government to
Asai Chu was struck by the fact that western artists of the Art Nouveau style were particularly interested in the work of Ogata Kōrin (1658-1715). Also, artists who worked in the Art Nouveau style had borrowed motifs from Japanese woodblock prints, which had an angular, linear look, incorporating the grids and parallel lines of Japanese interior design depicted in these images, as well as the sinuous, flowing lines of blossoming tree branches, rivers, and kimono designs. The elegant refined detail of work evident in these and other artworks from
Another interesting aspect of this piece is the use of lithography. The first printing press was introduced by
Let’s sum all this artistic influence flow up shall we?
Check out more Art Nouveau Japanese postcards from the MFA Boston’s phenomenal collection of the genre.