Japanomania in the Nordic Countries 1875–1918

Exhibition catalogue
296 pages
Price: 399 NOK
ISBN: 978-82-8154-111-5

Authors: Gabriel P. Weisberg, Widar Halén, Leila Koivunen, Anna Kortelainen, Susanna Pettersson, Malene Wagner, Ellen J. Lerberg, Anna-Maria von Bonsdorff, Nils Ohlsen, Hanne Selkokari, Leena Svinhufvud, Trine Nordkvelle, Harri Kalha, Vibeke Waallann Hansen

In the latter part of the 19th century, the spread of Japanese influence in the arts – commonly referred to as Japonism – became steadily more pronounced in England, France and elsewhere in Europe. As the articles in this book show, this influence soon spread to the Nordic countries as well. Artists and designers in Norway, Finland, Sweden and Denmark had long been interested in the depiction of nature, and the encounter with Japanese designs, techniques and principles of composition offered a range of new approaches to depicting the natural world in all its aspects.

Major Nordic artists and designs such as Carl Larsson, Edvard Munch, Nikolai Astrup, Vilhelm Hammershøi, L.A. Ring, Pekka Halonen, Akseli Gallen-Kallela, Gerhard Munthe, Alf Wallander and Frida Hansen all drew inspiration from this visual universe.